Around nine combines steamed through Foodgrains field south of Ponoka on Oct. 11

Record amount raised by Ponoka for Foodgrains

With more than 50 bushels per acre of barley brought in, Ponoka Foodgrains Bank broke their own record this year

With more than 50 bushels per acre of barley brought in, Ponoka Foodgrains Bank broke their own record this year in terms of the funds raised through the campaign.

Project member Larry Henderson says the crop yield generated $100,000.

On Oct. 11, harvest day, $3,000 in donations was collected and Henderson thinks this year will have raised approximately $115,000.

Along with the community fields projects Canadian Foodgrains Bank runs several other projects worldwide.

Proving it’s more than just a hand out, the program teaches on site conservation farming techniques, food security projects, nutrition programs and food for work programs.

However, with extreme hunger plaguing millions of people the Foodgrains Bank also deals with directly providing food. “When people are hungry, like in Syria right now, they need food. We help them to buy the food,” said Andre Visscher, Canadian Foodgrains Bank regional co-ordinator for Alberta.