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Invitation to hold a special famine appeal offering

Dear Church Leader: 

As you may know, 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen are facing famine. It’s being called the largest humanitarian crisis in over 70 years.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is responding. Since January, we have provided $2.5 million of help for over 70,000 people. But more needs to be done.

Until June 30, the Canadian government is offering a 1:1 match on every gift given towards famine relief in places we are working in such as South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia. This includes donations sent to us from offerings in our supporting churches. These funds will go into the government’s Famine Relief Fund, which will be made available to relief groups like the Foodgrains Bank. (This is on top of the usual 4:1 match that we get from the Canadian government for our food aid work in the developing world.)

I would like to invite your congregation to consider holding a special offering for famine relief this month. Support from people in your congregation will assist us as we provide life-giving food for people in South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, along with other countries experiencing a hunger crisis.

To assist you in holding a special offering, we have prayers on our website that you can use. Find them at I have also attached a backgrounder about the crisis, and the Foodgrains Bank response, for your information. If you want some visuals to project on a screen, we can also provide you with photos of our responses to various hunger needs; just send me a note if you would like that.

People in your church who would like to donate online can do so on our website at They can also call us at 1-800-665-0377.

Thanks for considering this invitation! And remember that the special government match runs until June 30; all donations postmarked by that date will qualify. 

God bless you for your ongoing support for the Foodgrains Bank, and for how you remember the needs of hungry people around the world.


John Longhurst / Director, Resources & Public Engagement / (o) 204.944.1993
(c) 204.227.5048 / toll free: 1.800.665. 0377
Canadian Foodgrains Bank /