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Organizations Fighting Hunger

Growing Hope Globally

4479 Central Avenue
Western Springs
IL 60558
Mr. Ron DeWeerd
Activities Statewide
Organization Type
Community Based
Faith Based


As a Christian response to world hunger, Growing Hope Globally, formerly Foods Resource Bank(FRB), links the grassroots energy and commitment of the U.S. agricultural community with the capability and desire of small farmers in developing countries to grow lasting solutions to hunger.

Growing Hope engages volunteers to raise money through "Growing Projects" for between 50-60 overseas programs a year. All of the programs focus on developing smallholder agriculture, often in the most remote and poorest regions of the world. Growing Projects are the heart and soul of Growing Hope and have helped us reach over 1.6 million people since the first Growing Projects were created in 1999. 

How to Help:

Iowans can support the work of Growing Hope by starting or joining a Growing Project in their community. A Growing Project is a group whose members work together to raise a crop or other commodity or hold fundraisers to help farmers overseas become self-sufficient. Growing Projects include revenue from field crops, cattle or dairy, pie auctions, pumpkin patches, Sunday school gardens, and more. Each member plays a unique role and contributes to the Growing Project in different ways by offering their time, talents or resources.

For more information about starting or joining a Growing Project, Iowans should call 888-276-4372 or email Ron DeWeerd at

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