PWRDF Grow Hope Initiative

Diocese of Qu’Appelle, PWRDF join Grow Hope Saskatchewan

By Kim Umbach

PWRDF is pleased to announce that the Diocese of Qu’Appelle and PWRDF have joined Grow Hope Saskatchewan, a project of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, that raises funds to end hunger all over the world.

PWRDF’s first experience with a Grow Hope project was Anglican Grow Hope in Manitoba, in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. It was inspiring to see how parishioners connected with local farmers and became so much more aware of the challenges facing Canada’s agriculture industry. The farmers were able to live out their faith by sharing their land, skills and livelihood to raise funds for the Foodgrains Bank. Parishioners raised funds to support the donated acreage. The best part was that the relationships grew too!

Grow Hope Saskatchewan provides yet another opportunity for relationship building, across denominations. It was started by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon along with fellow Foodgrains Bank members Mennonite Central Committee, Development and Peace and Canadian Baptist Ministries. We are grateful that they will continue to offer leadership and guidance to new members.

How Grow Hope works:

  1. Farmers agree to donate land to plant and grow a crop for Grow Hope Saskatchewan.
  2. Churches and parishioners sponsor the crop with a donation to help cover the costs of raising the crop. It costs up to $350 per acre to provide seed, fertilizer, fuel and other things needed to grow food.
  3. After harvest, farmers sell the crop and donate the proceeds to Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The proceeds can be as much as $600 per acre, or more. Crop proceeds that are used to provide emergency food assistance for people living through a crisis may be matched 4:1 through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s Partnership with Global Affairs Canada

Our membership in the Foodgrains Bank allows us to expand our reach around the world and make a bigger impact by collaborating with other member agencies. This ecumenical project provides a way to work together towards a common goal of ending hunger.

You’re invited…

In collaboration with the Foodgrains Bank, we are pleased to announce that Mary Obiero, from PWRDF partner Church World Service in Kenya, will be visiting Saskatchewan later this month. You are invited to attend events in Saskatoon and Regina where Mary will be speaking and you will have the opportunity to learn more about Grow Hope Saskatchewan. Mary brings a wealth of professional experience in community engagement and development, and she will provide us with direct knowledge of both the humanitarian crisis in Kenya, and how response efforts are making a difference.

SASKATOON - Grow Hope Saskatchewan Launch Reception
Wednesday, April 19, 3:15 p.m.
Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon

Grow Hope SK is delighted to host this afternoon reception to highlight its work of helping end hunger with Mary Obiero. There will also be information and updates regarding Grow Hope SK and how you can rally around local farmers and agencies who are growing hope on a global scale.

For more information about Grow Hope SK, visit

REGINA - Women and Food Security Dinner and Speaker Event
Saturday, April 22, 2023, 5 p.m.
Immanuel Anglican Church, 142 Massey Road, Regina The Canadian Foodgrains Bank and PWRDF welcome Mary Obiero in this unique opportunity to learn more about the important role of empowering women in efforts to assist those who lack secure access to food. Come ready to enjoy a delicious meal, and with a willingness to learn and engage in this important work. Freewill donations will be gratefully received. Please register, indicating any special dietary needs,by April 14 to Rick and Jacquie Block at [email protected] or 306-222-8977.

Give to Grow Hope SK

Donate online at:

You can also donate by phone by calling PWRDF at 416-822-9083 or leave a voicemail at 1 (866) 308-7973 and we will return your call (do not leave credit card information on voice mail).

You can also donate by mail by sending a cheque to PWRDF at

80 Hayden Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2

Indicate Grow Hope Saskatchewan on the memo line of the cheque.

People in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle can also donate through their local parish by cheque, indicating Grow Hope Saskatchewan on the memo line.

April 12, 2023 | Synod Office