How BGR Operates
BGR operates by raising funds for food relief and related projects from both private donors and philanthropic organizations. We work in partnership with agencies, institutions, and relief organizations already operating on the ground in the communities that our projects serve. We closely screen proposals for projects from prospective partners and collaborate with organizations that have established a track record of effectiveness and responsibility. We receive full reports about the projects we sponsor and share the results with our supporters on our website and in our newsletter and annual reports.
Our emphasis is not on disaster relief or crisis management but on fostering better long-term methods of sustainable food production and distribution designed to ensure its beneficiaries a constant supply of healthy and nutritious food. We seek to promote food sovereignty rather than food dependency, that is, to enable our beneficiaries to develop food projects that they themselves can implement and manage for the benefit of their own communities. In sponsoring projects, we do not discriminate on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, gender, or religion
We also seek to address the root causes of poverty and malnutrition. Since one of the most persistent of these roots in traditional cultures is the subordinate status of girls and women, we offer food aid to needy families as an incentive to keep their girls in school. We also sponsor training and right livelihood opportunities for adult women, enabling them to earn more for their families.
Through our website, Facebook page, and blog, we seek to raise awareness about the extent of world hunger and to mobilize action to promote social justice on food-related issues.