Sorry I have been absent for a while. Things have been crazy busy and exciting for me since the end of August! One piece of business that I am currently involved with is our local chapter of Church World Services ( CWS ) Crop hunger Walk. This is the fourth year Dan and I have been involved, third year on the steering committee. We had several long time committee members retire this year leaving us without a “true leader” to oversee everything. Between meetings, phone calls and getting things ready for the walk on Oct. 11th, I have become more involved this year taking on a co-chair role of leading along with treasurer. It was a bit overwhelming and bumpy at first. With the help of our awesome CWS contact, things are back on schedule!
Why am I walking? Hunger remains one of the world’s most pressing challenges, with almost a billion people – or 1 in 7 worldwide- suffering from chronic hunger. In addition, each year up to 100 million more may face acute hunger brought on by natural disasters and conflicts. Women and children are disproportionately affected by hunger and malnutrition.
How about here in the U.S.? 20.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty. This means their family’s cash income is less than half the poverty line, our about $10,000 a year for a family of four.
Crop Hunger Walks are community-wide events that bring people together in a common mission: helping hungry people at home and around the world.
You can be a part of it by sponsoring Dan and I on this 5.5 mile walk or come walk with me! Twenty-five percent of the funds raised will stay in my community to support Pennridge Fish, our local food pantry. Last year we raised $27107. Just under $6780 helped feed and clothe those in need right here at home!
We will be welcoming walkers from a neighboring community that does not have a walk this year to join us. Together, we hope to raise $45,000! Along with cash donations, we will be collecting canned goods as well on walk day that will be delivered to Pennridge Fish once the walk starts.
If you have any questions about sponsoring us or any other walker, registering on line or finding a walk in your community, please leave a comment below!