By Jared Williams
The Vauxhall Foodgrains project has been going on for awhile and each year it seems to keep getting bigger. 2017 was no different with it raising a record breaking $120,000, which is a big improvement from the $80,000 they raised in 2016. The Canadian government matches the donations 4:1 so overall it will add up to a whopping $600,000 to help aid those in need.
A Fundraising Supper is held each year to help build the community and bring people closer together while also raising funds for the charity. In 2017 the supper raised over $30,000 from silent auctions and draw items that were given from the community.
Vauxhall is one of many participants to help the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. People from all over Canada pitch in to help keep the costs low on producing the crops by donating seeds, chemicals, fertilizers and lending tractors to the charity. On Harvest Day the community brought tremendous support by bringing 19 combines, 2 grain carts, and 10 grain trucks to the field, ready to harvest. The crew of volunteers made quick work of the 138 acre field, finishing the harvest in just 1.5 hours.
The task of helping the Canadian Foodgrains Bank involves not only growing the grain to help feed the impoverished in countries all over the world but also raising the money to fund projects for education, agriculture and water/food generation. In 2016-17, Foodgrains Bank has helped over 900,000 people in 35 countries, according to their website.
“To wrap up the year. the organizing committee would like to thank each volunteer who contributed their time and equipment to this project in some way, as well as each individual and business who made a donation to this project. There are far too many to name, but we know who you are and we appreciate your effort. We cannot make this project without you,” cited from the Foodgrain Bank press release.