Selling jelly to end hunger

By Marianne Curtis

Family members of the founding father of the Canadian Food Grains Bank are continuing his legacy. His grandson now heads the Landmark Branch grow project and now his daughter in law is running a “jam drive”.

Deb Loewen is the wife of Rick Loewen who’s father C.Wilbert Loewen founded the Canadian Food Grains Bank. She explained that her son Matt Plett heads up the Landmark branch of the growing project, an undertaking he “inherited” from his grandfather.

“This organization is near and dear to our hearts for a number of reasons; first and foremost my husband’s dad founded it – not content with that he went on to implore the federal government to match all donations,” Loewen explained. “There is also a story behind the apples used in this Country Apple Jam – they are harvested from the Loewen Heritage Home in Steinbach where Rick’s dad grew up.”

Loewen explained that the apple jelly is perfect for toast but is thin enough to be used for ice cream, and other toppings.

“For each $20 in money raised selling jelly, that is $100 for the Canadian Food Grains Bank,” Loewen continued. “It’s a win – win.”

There is a minimum donation for pints of $10.00 and for half pints, $5.00 Donations over $20; payable to Prairie Rose EMC and marked for Landmark Food Grains Bank are tax deductible. Anyone interested in ordering their jams contact Deb Loewen at 204-355-4567.


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