The 2019 Walk marked the 50th Anniversary of the CROP Hunger Walk! We had at least 231 walkers and received $36,327. (Faith in Action will receive 25% of these funds.) The Dexter UMC total is $11,498, with 49 walkers. When we add in what has been given to disaster relief, with numbers from CRC, Dexter UMC, and St. Andrews, the total is $52,601! We exceeded our goal of $50,000! Thank you to all who walked, all who donated, all who helped in any way. Because of YOU, Church World Service can use our dollars to help feed hungry people locally through Faith in Action as well as nationally and globally. If you have not donated, and wish to, you still can!
Additional thanks are due to our corporate sponsors for cash donations and for sponsoring our t-shirts: Aubree’s Dexter, BMW Ann Arbor, Barbara Locks Storyteller, Cash Cow ATM, Chelsea Farmer Supply, Chelsea First UCC, Chelsea Milling, Cindy Strang State Farm Dexter, Cribley Drilling Company, Dexter UMC, Hunter Designs, IBEW 252, J J Jinkelheimer, Mercedes Benz Ann Arbor, the Mitchell Family, Players International Games of MI, Sharon Broyles/Fine Arts Fun, and St. James Episcopal. Please share your gratitude with our sponsors. If you know of an organization who would like to sponsor the 2020 CROP Walk, let your CROP Walk coordinator know.
Who does the CROP Hunger walk benefit?
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.
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 1 in 6 people in our world do not have access to water as clean as the water in our toilets. WHO 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.