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:
2016 Washtenaw/Ann Arbor CROP-Walk
ICPJ is proud to host the 42nd annual walk on Sunday September 25, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Click here for more details.
Hunger Related News
As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union address, Feeding America is highlighting groundbreaking new data from their recently released report, Hunger in America 2014. The study, released every four years, is the largest and most comprehensive analysis ever conducted of people seeking food assistance in the United States.
“The President’s upcoming State of the Union address will highlight what many in our network already know: that millions of working Americans do not earn enough income to meet their basic needs, and they must turn to food banks to help feed their families. While there is good news as the unemployment rate drops and more jobs are created, we know that millions of Americans are still struggling,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America.
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