Every year, coins donated to MCC through our My Coins Count fundraiser are used to fund food and agriculture projects, impacting thousands of people across the world.
My Coins Count (formerly Penny Power) has been running in BC since 1999. Each year, MCC BC selects a project to receive the funds collected through the program. Through a partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, these funds are matched by the Government of Canada – anywhere from two to ten times the amount, depending on the project. This year's project has a 1:3 match.
For this year’s featured project, we are highlighting a sustainable food production project that helps families grow enough food and earn income for their needs while protecting their natural environment in Haiti. This project supports 22 community tree nurseries which will produce and distribute over two million tree seedlings to improve food security for vulnerable families. As these seedlings grow, the reforested areas become more fertile and productive. In addition, farmers are receiving fruit trees to increase food consumption and income for their families. This work helps improve the environment and provides regular sustainable harvests of trees, fruit, and agricultural products to consume and sell, increasing the income of farmers and helping them to provide for their families. The project also offers a kid’s club, that focuses on environmental conservation and agriculture.
MCC photo/Paul Shetler Fast
Make sure you pick up your My Coins Count Box at the MCC BC Office or a local event throughout the year to collect your coins! Specifically geared towards children, the My Coins Count Box invites kids on a journey around the world to learn about the projects and the people their coins might help to support.
Depicting children from selected sustainable agriculture and food security projects in Sudan, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia, this “colouring box” is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of helping others and giving to those in need, while also giving them something fun to colour and work towards filling.
The boxes will be distributed at local churches and events throughout the year, as well as the MCC Festival for World Relief in September. The festival is also where they will be collected again the next year. If you fill up your box to the brim, it can hold around $400 (based on the weight of the average pound of mixed coins)!