Rooted in Community, Grounded in Faith
As a Christian response to hunger, we link the grassroots energy and commitment of agricultural communities around the world with the capability and desire of smallholder farmers in developing countries to grow lasting solutions to hunger.
We envision a day when all people around the world have enough to eat and the physical, financial and community resources to live hopeful, healthy, productive lives. Our constructive role in this transformation is to raise resources to support sustainable smallholder agricultural development and to increase opportunities for all people to work together consciously toward a more just and equitable world for all.
Founded in 1999 as Foods Resource Bank, Growing Hope Globally started with little more than hope and a prayer. Ohio Farmers Vernon and Carol Sloan invited their neighbors to become part of the solution to world hunger by sending corn from their fields to developing countries. They quickly learned shipping corn was too costly – nearly 15 times the cost of the grain itself – and would wreak havoc on local farmers and markets. Needing a new idea, they sat down with a handful of Christian organizations that fund and run international food security programs. Their unique solution: Use the proceeds from crops raised and sold in the U.S. to fund agricultural development programs overseas. That seed of an idea has since blossomed to more than 165 Growing Projects in rural communities across the U.S. Together, we have helped more than 1.6 million hungry people break the cycle of poverty and hunger by growing their own food.