Foods Resource Bank Blog

From Hardship to Hope and Joy in Armenia

Foods Resource Bank’s Armenia FHSLD program

Led by United Methodist Committee on Relief and local partner UMCOR NGO Unit in Armenia

04/23/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Food Security Program a Model for Other Agencies in Serbia

Foods Resource Bank’s Serbia Smederevo program #9010

Led by Church World Service and local partner Smederevo Red Cross

04/19/2012 | Comments: 1 | Add Comment | Read More

Harness the wind, cut world hunger

Harness the wind, cut world hunger

By Raylene Nickel,

In rural Mozambique, cattle are a stepping stone to providing food security and stable income. But resources for establishing grazing clusters are scarce.

That’s where the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) and volunteers like Matt and Joy Kauffman of Tiskilwa, Illinois, play a role.

The FRB, based in Western Springs, Illinois, uses funds raised by volunteers to help fund self-help programs in more than 30 countries, including Mozambique.

04/18/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

The Fruits of One Man’s Labor

Foods Resource Bank’s Palestine Westbank 2 program #1101 Led by Mennonite Central Committee

For Mohammad, a farmer in the West Bank, the only access to his land is by a steep overland climb through nearby valleys. He knew that any land that lies uncultivated for a certain period of time can be declared state land so, as soon as he was able to cross the rocky hillside, he began cultivating it intensively.

04/18/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Organic Farming in Guatemala

Mari and Arnulfo promote organic farming in their Guatemalan community

Foods Resource Bank’s Guatemala-Sibinal program #0107
Led by Mennonite Central Committee with local partner MCC Guatemala

In an area of western Guatemala prone to natural disasters, where gold mining is taking its toll on environment and society, deeply spiritual Mayan communities are restoring their independence and returning to Mother Earth. The Sibinal program focuses on organic farming, community development, education, food security and sustainable livelihoods as it responds to the crisis of large families living on insufficient land. 

04/17/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

No one is always a giver or always a receiver

As a Hospice volunteer, I often find myself conversing with people who were once Givers and Doers and now need others' help. Changing roles is a difficult adjustment for many to make, and some experience feelings of shame as they contemplate life on the receiving end of kindness. People say, “I don’t want to be a burden on anybody.” Well, no one really wants to be a burden, but by shifting our focus we might be able to see that we can be a gift to others no matter what condition we’re in.

04/16/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Blog from Guatemala on 3/7/2012

Thirty years of armed conflict in Guatemala destroyed homes, forests and thousands of lives. To survive, people fled to other countries or more remote forests, foraging whatever edible plant foliage and roots they could find.  During these traumatic years, people forgot their indigenous practices along with the dignity of caring for home and family.

After the signing of the Peace Accord in 1996,  many people returned to their former homes and/or found new places to live in the mountains of the western part of the country.  More than 80% of returnees were illiterate, there  were no schools in these remote areas, only 5% were able to speak Spanish and there were nine of the twenty-one distinct languages in one department (equivalent to a state) alone.

Several FRB members and their local partners provide support to these indigenous people in their journey to bring healing in their lives and to “mother earth” while creating a future for their children without needing to leave their communities.

I’m reminded of the loss of knowledge of God’s people during their captivity in Babylon and their celebration upon their return when the law was read and its meaning unpacked for them. God’s faithfulness continues today to His people all over the world.  That is worthy of celebration!
Nehemiah 8:1-12

Written by Bev Abma, Executive Director of Overseas Programming

04/09/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Pinolillo - A Traditional Holy Week Recipe

April's Recipe of the Month is Pinolillo.  Pinolillo is often made during Holy week but can be drunk any time of the year.  Since today is Maundy Thursday, we thought this a fitting time to post this recipe. 

Pinolillo is a corn and cacao drink made in many villages in Nicaragua. During the two weeks I spent in Nicaragua on an FRB trip in March 2012, our group was served it in most villages we visited. Also called pinol or atol, this type of drink is made in many countries in Central and South America. Of course each country has their own variation and different grains and spices can be used. Often, it is served in a gourd.

04/05/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

“To him who judges my walk, I will lend my shoes”

As a newbie at a customer service position I had a long time ago, I got a call from a distributor who was quite rude to me. My boss told me not to worry, that I would soon be meeting the rude caller and the rest of the distributors in my region, and everything would change.  “People can’t be mean to you once they meet you in person.”  And I found that to be true.

04/02/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Beyond “Hibernation”

Having made it almost to the end of a cold Michigan winter, I began thinking about the word “hibernate.” We Northerners often jokingly say we’re hibernating when we pull up the covers, snuggle close to the fire, and wait for the snows to melt and the first spring crocus flowers to bloom.  As a child I had always heard about bears hibernating in the winter. Last year, while doing some research for a friend, I discovered that toads hibernate in the winter, too. Even seeds hibernate.

03/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More