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The Global Food Initiative (GFI) is the primary way that the Church of the Brethren assists hungry people in developing food security. Since 1983, GFI (formerly Global Food Crisis Fund) has raised over $8,000,000 for community development projects in numerous countries around the globe. Read (and share!) the latest GFI newsletter or take a look at the list of 2017 allocations, 2016 allocations, or previous GFI allocations.

Chef Kevin Belton caught up with local beekeeper, David Young, to see how he turned his home into something sweeter than produce.


Randolph Community Garden video

SIL newsletter November 2017

"Dr. Dennis Thompson is leading a collaborative initiative between the Soybean Innovation Lab and the organization Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) with the goal of increasing awareness of soybeans as a commercial crop and developing a soybean value chain that will provide sustainable economic benefits to farmers and farming communities.

The soybean project is funded through the Global Food Initiative of the Church of the Brethren, and the Nigeria Crisis Response which is a joint effort with EYN. It is part of the rebuilding phase of the Nigeria Crisis Response..."

Click above (and scroll down) to read more about this project in the November Soybean Innovation Lab newsletter.


Read about it: A technical team from the Church of the Brethren, including Global Food Initiative Manager Jeff Boshart, visited the Soybean Innovation Lab Soybean Management and Appropriate Research & Technology (SMART) farm in Ghana.


Landscapes art show

The Landscapes 2016 show, which took place in October, featured artwork from 13 countries. Global Food Initiative received a donation of 10% of the entry fees. Click above to see the beautiful artwork helping to support us!

David Young of Capstone 118, GFI partner in New Orleans

Pastor Martin Hutchison of Community of Joy Church of the Brethren

GFI seeks to:

  • invest in small-scale economic development
  • join efforts to improve diet and health practices
  • champion soil conservation
  • promote awareness-raising and advocacy on hunger issues.

This work is made possible through your contributions. We encourage you to participate with us by:

  • praying that those who are hungry may have food
  • giving an individual contribution
  • participating in our ongoing "My 2¢ Worth" fundraiser (contact GFI for questions or materials)
  • taking an offering for GFI at your congregation or camp
  • giving a one-time donation or memorial in honor of a loved one.

Your support of the Global Food Initiative upholds the biblical command to lift the burden of the oppressed. Moreover it honors God, for as stated in Proverbs 14:31, “Kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.”

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