First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-6340


Growing Hope Globally

Founded as Foods Resource Bank in 1999, Growing Hope Globally is the new name of the program that the church partners with to raise money to help people in developing countries grow their own food. 

Through Growing Projects, U.S. farmers, their churches, and surrounding communities come together to raise money and awareness to reduce world hunger. Their support enables people living in the poorest regions of the world to receive the tools and training they need to grow their own food and lift themselves out of poverty.

While many Growing Projects are rooted in agriculture – profits from crops raised are donated – others center around events such as dinners, auctions, bike rides, and 5k races. These projects contribute close to 70 percent of the funding Growing Hope Globally raises to make a lasting difference in over 1.6 million people ‘s lives. We see agriculture as the solution to hunger experienced in much of the world.

The church's contact for the Growing Hope Globally ministry is Bill Dimond, (269) 375-1504.