MOLESWORTH – Molesworth Farm Supply (MFS) Ltd. is celebrating its largest expansion in more than 40 years while adding a charitable twist to mark the occasion – by helping provide food to people in need around the world.
Since the end of 2019, MFS has been building a new feed manufacturing facility, which it is expecting will allow them to more than double their capacity. President of MFS, Andrew Coghlin, states that the new addition “shows our commitment to the local area which continues to be a fabulous place to produce livestock, milk and poultry products and is a significant contributor to the food supply chain.”
Coghlin was intrigued when long-time customer and supplier Ray Dykstra from Windy Lane Farms came to him with an idea.
Dykstra asked Coghlin if he could be the first load in for the new mill. It wasn’t for his own business, though. Instead, he asked that the proceeds from the load be donated to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a Canadian international development organization that is focused on ending global hunger.
“Molesworth Farm Supply has been an integral part of Windy Lane Farms and our family’s success since we began farming in 1978 and we were excited for them on this milestone,” says Dykstra. “But I’d rolled this idea of the first load being donated around in my head for months.
“Then one day in the parking lot of MFS, I called Andrew and asked to speak to him and put it out there. Andrew was enthusiastic about the idea but asked for a week to think about it. After a week he called and told me he would be pleased to match the donation.”
“I was over the moon when Andrew said he would match it,” added Dykstra. “We really want to thank MFS for their generous support to the Foodgrains Bank.”
MFS has a supportive history with the Foodgrains Bank and Coghlin thought this was a great way to inaugurate the new feed mill.
“This is about recognizing challenges around the globe, and this is our time to recognize global nutrition,” he says. “Both our families take these issues seriously. Human nutrition should be a concern for anyone.”
The new mill has been in operation at the end of August.
The company will also help facilitate other farms and suppliers that would like to make a donation to the Foodgrains Bank by sending the proceeds of their crop donations and donor’s info directly to the charity.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end hunger. In the 2020-21 budget year, the Foodgrains Bank provided $49 million of assistance for 989,000 people in 33 countries.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank programs are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada. Assistance from the Foodgrains Bank is provided through its member agencies, which work with local partners in the developing world.