CWS combats poverty with fall hunger walks
CROP Hunger Walks are unique in that proceeds benefit domestic and international poverty-reducing efforts. “It still surprises some Americans that there are people here in the richest nation in the world who go to bed hungry because they cannot afford to buy food,” says the Rev. John L. McCullough, executive director and CEO of CWS. “These local CROP Hunger Walks ... raise awareness about hunger and give people a way to help both in their own communities and around the world.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture report “Household Food Security in the
The first-ever CROP Walks took place in the late 1960s. Over the decades since, more than 5 million walkers have raised millions to fight hunger. Up to a quarter of the money donated to CROP Hunger Walk is returned to the community where it was raised to help local soup kitchens and food pantries. “These walkers and the food pantries and soup kitchens they help support are a blessing. Together, they represent the caring hands of a community reaching out to help neighbors – and often strangers – who are in crisis or whose way is hard,” says Rev. McCullough.
Globally, CWS supports a broad range of poverty-fighting projects in some 80 countries, including digging wells in African and Palestinian villages, developing programs in Latin America to help children who are victims of violence and sexual exploitation, introducing income programs for Roma families in
— Lesley Crosson (CWS)