CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. The Chelsea/Dexter Area CROP Hunger Walk, an affiliate of CWS, has been held the first Sunday in October for the past 30 years. The walk alternates between Chelsea and Dexter. In 2017, a total of 16 organizations participated, with 173 walkers who raised $27,648.90 for the Chelsea/Dexter CROP Hunger Walk. Faith in Action, which receives 25 percent of funds raised in the local walk, got nearly $7,000 last year.
Why We Participate in Crop Hunger Walk
Money raised by CROP Hunger Walks nationwide is used by CWS to provide food, medical care, disaster relief, and self-help development for needy people around the world. CWS works with people, helping them succeed. Funds raised are used to support building capacity and leadership of indigenous people to improve their own communities. While there is certainly need here in the US, half of the world’s population is struggling to survive on less than $18 a week. We are God’s Hands and Feet, ending hunger one step at a time, sharing our abundance to help bring food, water, and economic justice in this world.
A few statistics: 795 million people, or 10 percent of the world’s population, do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life; 1 out of every 6 children, 100 million in developing countries, is underweight; and one in six people in our world do not have access to water as clean as the water in our toilets. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of all sickness in the world is attributable to unsafe water and sanitation.
What You Need to Know
All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the Crop Hunger Walk. There is no fee. Participants donate as they wish, and often solicit donations from others. A few members of our congregation donate snacks and beverages for after the walk. For more information about the Dexter UMC involvement, contact Barbara Locks at firstname.lastname@example.org, 734.646.1896. Or Dexter/Chelsea participants may join and/or donate at Dexter/Chelsea Crop Walk. You can also visit Church World Service.