Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, October, 2013

posted Oct 2, 2013, 8:20 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Oct 2, 2013, 8:20 AM ]

Help Fight the Battle Against Hunger

 In America

  • 50.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households, meaning they aren’t always sure where their next meal is coming from.                  
  • There are 17.2 million children in our country who don’t get enough healthy food to eat.
  • Households with children experience almost double the food insecurity rate as those of childless households
  • 1 in 8 Americans (12.5%) currently are participating in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

 

In Our World

  •      925 million people do not have enough to eat -- that’s nearly three times the population of the US.
  •      98 percent of the world’s hungry live in developing countries.
  •     Malnutrition leads to nearly one-third of all childhood deaths before the age of five.
  •     More than 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.

 

Sources: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization; U. S. Department of Agriculture; United Nations Economic and Social Council.

 

Globally, Church World Service supports a broad range of poverty fighting projects in some 80 countries. They include (to mention just a few examples) the digging of wells in villages in Africa and the building of cisterns in Palestine to improve local access to water; programs in several Latin America countries to help children living in extreme poverty who are very vulnerable to violence and sexual exploitation; and community development projects with poor women in rural Bangladesh.

 

Riziki Yoana used to live in the village of Mworoto, Kenya, with her three children and four siblings, until they, along with 500 other families, were displaced by private development. She lost her job as a household helper when she had to take off time for the resettlement of the family, who slept in the open for two months. She was provided with food through CWS along with support to rent a decent house and a seed grant so she could start a business selling vegetables. She now earns double what she made as a household helper.

 

Some 2,000 communities throughout the USA will join in hunger walks in the coming 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., help to raise awareness about hunger and give people a way to help both in their own communities and around the world. You can make a difference, either by walking yourself and getting sponsors, or by sponsoring someone who is walking this year in the local CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday afternoon, October 20. Join this fight against hunger!

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

 

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