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Emergency Food Needed: Rohingya Refugees

Greetings from Canadian Foodgrains Bank in Winnipeg! We continue to appreciate your support for our work of ending global hunger.

As you may know, the Canadian government has launched a special 1:1 match for the 600,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled their homes in Myanmar for safety in Bangladesh.

Exhausted, scared and living in deplorable conditions, they need our help.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank, through its member agencies, is responding. We are providing oil, lentils, sugar and salt for more than 60,000 families. But we could use more help to meet these needs.

Would you consider giving your congregation a special opportunity to donate to help people caught in this crisis?

In addition to the special 1:1 match from the government, all donations to the Foodgrains Bank to help the Rohingya refugees will receive our regular 4:1 match. This means that every $100 donated to the Foodgrains Bank for use by our members generates $600 in aid.

The government’s special extra match only runs until Nov. 28. To be eligible for this additional match, all donations would have to be given before that date. The last Sunday before the end of the match is Nov. 26. Donations should be marked for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. We would need to receive the donation from your church by Dec. 1 to make sure it counts for the government’s special match.

Funds can be mailed direct to the Foodgrains Bank, designated for your denominational agency’s account in the Foodgrains Bank. It will then be used to help people caught in this crisis.

In Isaiah 58:10 we read: : “If you feed the hungry, and help those in trouble, then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day.” The Rohingya are in great trouble, and they are hungry. As Christians, we can respond, letting our light shine to the world around us.

Thanks for considering this opportunity! You can find resources about the appeal, including a prayer for the Rohingya crisis you could use as part of your Sunday service, on our website at

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