Antique Club supports Foodgrains bank

Eric McCarthy
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COLEMAN CORNER -- The harvest was good for the West Prince Tired Iron Antique Club in 2013. 

Dennis Gallant, second left, president of the West Prince Tired Iron Antique Club, presents Kent Myers, P.E.I. Coordinator of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank with the club’s annual contribution. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a Christian response to hunger, supported projects in 37 countries last year. Joining Gallant in making the contribution are club members Weldon Rennie, left, and Donald Cobb.

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The 100-member club recently distributed the proceeds from their crop of soybeans and barley to charities. Donations were made to the West Prince Caring Cupboard, the breakfast programs at Evangeline, Hernewood and M.E. Callaghan schools and the biggest chuck went to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

The club’s total donation for 2013, including proceeds from other fundraisers, was $5,200. Club president Dennis Gallant, said they usually make their donations in February, at a time of year when cupboards are more likely to be going bare.

Kent Myers, P.E.I. coordinator of the Foodgrains Bank said the organization provided assistance to 112 projects in 37 countries last year. Most of the projects, he said, support food aid and others are agriculture-based.

The Foodgrains Bank provided $44 million in support of the 112 projects last year, Myers reported. Of that total, $25 million came form the federal government and the rest came from donations, such as the annual one provided by Tired Iron. The club has been supporting the cause since 2006.

The federal government provides up to four dollars of support to the Foodgrains Bank for every dollar the bank receives in donations, to a maximum annual federal donation of $25 million.

Antique farm equipment owned by members of the Tired Iron Antique Club is used in the preparation of the land and the sowing and harvesting of the annual crop. 

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