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.
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 aÂ result ofÂ war or natural disasters, which starve a population of food. Â But, daily undernourishment is a less visible form of hunger that affects many more people worldwide.
795 million peopleÂ areÂ undernourished in the world today. That equates to 1 in 9Â 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 â€” greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
In the US alone,Â 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 handfulÂ of reasons why hunger persists in ourÂ communities today.
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 $1 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.