In this day and age with a surplus of food, why are there still people suffering from hunger?
According to the World Food Programme, hunger is a result of war or natural disasters, which starve a population of food. But, daily undernourishment is a less visible form of hunger that affects many more people worldwide.
795 million people are undernourished in the world today. That equates to 1 in 9 people who do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
In the US alone, 46.5 million people across the United States, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors depend on food banks for their daily meals. 1 in 4 children suffer from hunger in the United States. The rate of inflation, job insecurity, homelessness, medical expenses, are only a handful of reasons why hunger persists in our communities today.
One of the ways that ICPJ has been working to eliminate hunger in our community is through the CROP Walk of Washtenaw County/Ann Arbor that raises awareness and funding for local organizations.
ICPJ & Crop Walk History
Since 1975 we have organized the annual Washtenaw County CROP Hunger Walk as an interfaith response to local and world hunger. Over the last 28 years walkers from some 50 area congregations and schools have raised more than one million dollars to assist both local and international agencies in relieving hunger and addressing its root causes. ICPJ works closely with Bread for the World in education, action and advocacy efforts; provides resources for congregations and groups doing programs about world hunger; and cooperates with area agencies in raising community awareness and soliciting funds. Read more about some of the previous CROP Walks:
2015 Washtenaw/Ann Arbor CROP-Walk
In conjunction with Christian World Services, ICPJ is proud to bring you the 41st CROP-Walk in Ann Arbor on Sunday October 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM.
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Hunger Related News
In case you missed it, here is the 2014 Hunger in America report.
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