Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, October, 2012

posted Oct 2, 2012, 12:55 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Oct 2, 2012, 12:55 PM ]

Walking For the Hungry - October 21, 2012

     The annual CROP Hunger Walk will be held on October 21st . This will be the 35th Anniversary Year locally for this ongoing effort on behalf of the hurting and hungry. The walks here have raised well over a half million dollars in the past 20 years, CROP Hunger Walks have raised more than $294 million to assist those struggling to feed their families both around the block and around the world.

     Some 2,000 communities will join in hunger walks over the course of this year under the banner of CROP: (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) These local CROP Hunger Walks, organized by individuals and faith communities in cities and towns all across the U.S.A., raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition and give people a way to help, both in their own communities and around the globe.

     Food security occurs when people have consistent access — physically and economically to sufficient safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. For too many people, food security is merely a dream - and food insecurity is their reality.

     Worldwide: 925 million people do not have enough to eat; that’s nearly three times the population of the U.S.

  •  Malnutrition leads to nearly one third of all childhood deaths before age 5.
  • Hunger kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • One in seven people will go to bed hungry tonight.
  • One in four children in developing countries is underweight.
  • In the United States, 50.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households.
  • 17.2 million children in our country don’t get enough healthy food to eat.
  • 5.6 million households relied on a food pantry either one or more times in 2009.
  • 1 in 8 Americans currently participate in SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp program)

     Hungry people in developing countries around the globe typically walk as much as six miles a day to get food, water, and fuel, and to take their goods to market. Our walking for the hungry is an expression of solidarity with their struggle for existence - we walk because they walk!

     The CROP Walk unites neighbors from various faiths, cultures, and ages, walking (and biking) together to take a stand against hunger in our world. Together we raise awareness and funds for not just international relief and development, but for local hunger~ fighting agencies as well. Your help is needed! Won’t you step up to the cause this year’? Become a Walker and/or Donor for the Hunger Walk on 10/21/12.

 

Offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noon day. (Is. 58:10)

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

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