Growing Hope Globally formerly known as

(Foods Resource Bank)

is  a Christian Response to World Hunger, is a partnership of farmers and churches to provide support for sustainable growing efforts in some of the poorest countries of the world.


St. John's Lutheran Church is a partner with a group of local farmers and more than 20 other rural and suburban churches in supporting the Foods Resource Bank Somonauk Area Growing Project.


Each fall, we gather with our partner farmers and churches, and along with the farmers and churches from the Earlville and Ottawa-Barrington Growing Projects, to celebrate the harvest. Generally 400 or more people from the communities gather to participate in a common worship service, learn about agricultural practices, raise money through raffles and pie auctions, and have a meal together. The 2021 Harvest Celebration is at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, Sandwich Il, on Saturday, October 16, and begins with a worship service at 10 a.m. 


Getting Involved

The people of St. John's get involved with Growing Hope Globally through financial contributions, through assisting with the planning and presenting of the annual harvest celebration, and by attending the celebration.


For More Information

For more information on Growing Hope Globally, see

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