The 2019 Walk marks the 50th Anniversary of the CROP Hunger Walk! The CROP Hunger Walk was the first walk ever to raise money for a cause. This model has been copied world-wide. We will be celebrating this October as we continue Stepping Up to End Hunger. You can get more information, register, and donate at CROP Hunger Walk.
Our 2018 Annual Chelsea/Dexter Area CROP Hunger Walk raised just short of $28,204. A total of 19 organizations participated with 176 walkers. Dexter UMC raised about $8,000 of this total with more than 30 participants. Faith in Action, which receives 25 percent of funds raised in the local walk, got more than $7,000. We had three families with young children who raised more than $250 each! One 4th grader went door to door in her community, and raised more than $258, including many donations of $10 or less. Thank you for your generosity in helping people locally, nationally and internationally.
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 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 email@example.com, 734.646.1896. Or Dexter/Chelsea participants may join and/or donate at Dexter/Chelsea Crop Walk. You can also visit Church World Service.