We again had a very productive 2022 last year!
We continue to be in awe of your faithful donations of your time as
volunteers, your treasure and our many donors who continue to supply us
with the product required for us to continue doing GOD’s work of helping
to feed the hungry of the world. God has been extremely faithful in
providing for all our needs over the last 13 years, we are confident that He
will continue to do so well into the future.
We held our AGM (Annual General Meeting) on March 25th at Hillcrest Evangelical Church. At the AGM we held the election of officers, which involves half of the board needing to be elected every year.
Our new board consists of the following people:
- President: Jack Reddekopp
- Vice-President: Dirk Vis
- Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Grossman
- Steve Mowers
- Clarence Dyck
- Roy Hjelte
- Albert Cramer
Where our food went last year: 2022 Statistics
We had 230 workdays for the year. We received 278,777 kg of product, which equates to 1,212 kg (2,666 lbs.) produce used per day 4,520 racks were filled during the year (average of 20 racks per day), 27,794 bags of finished product in 2022.
- Potatoes – 82,296 kg
- Carrots – 57,680 kg
- Tomatoes – 33,144 kg
- Peppers – 21,760 kg
- Cabbage – 20,921 kg
- Beans (Viterra) – 12,723 kg
- Rutabagas – 12,562 kg
- Lentils – 11,459 kg
- Celery – 10,812 kg
- Sweet Potatoes – 10,750 kg
- Onions – 3,920 kg
- Radishes – 294 kg
- Brussel Sprouts – 250 kg
- Peas – 125 kg
- Parsnips – 81 kg
Shipments in 2022
We sent shipments to Moldova (2 lifts with Faith Missions); El Salvador (10 bags in suitcase); Ukraine (3 lifts with Amigo Relief); Ukraine (20 lifts with GEMS; Nunavut (1 lift with Anglican Cathedral); Burundi (20 lifts with Food for the Hungry); Cuba (5 lifts with Pentecostal); Ukraine (6 lifts with Faith Missions).
Shipments in 2023
We sent shipments to Ghana (4 lifts), Ukraine (23 half lifts with Shelters International); Cuba (24 bags in suitcase with Evangelical Missionary Church of Cuba).
Photos of our soup being distributed at the end of April – beginning of May, 2023 by Shelters International in Ukraine.
Volunteers in 2022
We had over 20,958 volunteer hours provided during the year, and averaged 26 volunteers per day. The highest turnout was 70 (Wednesday, September 21, 2022) and the lowest turnout was Thursday, August 18, and Saturday, November 19, 2022.
Volunteer Appreciation was celebrated the week April 17th to 23rd, 2022.
Some methods you can use to support the Prairie Gleaners through donations are:
- E-transfer auto deposit to our email address: [email protected]
- By mail to Prairie Gleaners at PO Box 656, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7G6
- Drop off at the plant at 11502 Range Road 63, Cypress County
- On our website “Donate” page, click on the link CanadaHelps.org and use either Visa, MasterCard or PayPal
- Consider leaving a legacy to the Gleaners in your will.
The budget for 2023 has been set at $167,500.00 and we ask that you continue to prayerfully continue supporting the work of helping feed the hungry of the world.
We have had a number of requests for food in the last few months, and are waiting for confirmation from our NGO’s as to when and where these shipments are needed, Worldwide food shortages are on the rise as you can imagine from seeing the unstable conditions in Europe. Hopefully we will be getting more spring and summer vegetables soon to add to our mix for a better variety.
Looking to the future
As you have probably noticed our expansion has almost been concluded. This is a picture of the finished building as it looks today. The size of the expansion is 40’ X 100’. The cost of the required infrastructure (the interior walls, etc.) to complete the expansion must be borne by the Prairie Gleaners.
New building being used for our volunteer lunch in April 2023.