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Celebrate Independence Day: Fight Hunger

Angela Rupchock-Schafer  |  July 6, 2013

CROP Hunger Walk: Angela and Gaius

My son Gaius has been part of our local CROP Hunger Walk since he was a baby! Here we are last year on Walk day.

Photo: Angela Rupchock-Schafer/CWS

Around the United States communities are celebrating the 4th of July this weekend with fireworks, festivals and parades. Families are coming together for Independence Day cookouts. Except not everyone that gathers this holiday will have enough food to put on the (picnic) table.

“In our country, in the richest, most powerful nation in the history of the world, the reality is that 50 million of our fellow Americans struggle with hunger,” said Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) during his fourteenth speech on hunger before the House last week.

The numbers keep on coming. Five million older Americans struggle to put food on the table. More than 16 million children in the United States are part of families that can’t afford the nutritious food children need to grow and thrive. As we celebrate the birthday of our country, we can and MUST do better.

Fourth of July screams community activities, right? Well, now’s the time to organize and start or join your local CROP Hunger Walk. CROP Hunger Walks are all about communities taking action together. And many Walks happen in the fall, so the beginning of summer is the perfect time to start mobilizing. Your regional CWS office stands ready to help you fire up your friends and family in the fight against hunger.
I’m proud to be part of the planning committee for my local CROP Hunger Walk in Plymouth, Indiana. We are a small, dedicated group who comes together year after year and works to raise money to fight hunger in our little town and around the globe. Take it from me: some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet are the activists you never knew lived next door.

Sometimes all a Walk needs to flourish is that first spark. Take your cue from all the fireworks blooming in the sky this 4th of July. Be the spark. Start a CROP Hunger Walk.

Angela Rupchock-Schafer, Social Media Manager, CWS

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Submitted by Jeanne Smith on Jul 08, 10:50 PM CDT
CROP Walks are a wonderful way to meet others with a passion for the hungry in our communities. Some years we combine it with a CWS School Kit drive, and when the walkers return, they grab a school bag and take a lap around the fellowship hall in the church, filling it with items for children in disaster or in developing countries. It's a great way to combine two CWS ministries. Extensive World Bank research shows that even a second grade education increases the amount of food a farmer in a developing country can produce. In developing countries, many third world farmers are women. If they can read simple extension materials, their crops increase exponentially, as does their income. School kits provide a conduit to their future. Below is a bit of the other research I found: • There are high returns when girls are educated: higher wages, greater agricultural productivity, faster economic growth, health benefits, HIV prevention, and the empowerment of women. (Sperling and Herz, 2004; State of the World’s Mothers 214) • Each extra year of female education reduces infant mortality by 5 to 10%. (Schultz 214) • In Africa and Southeast Asia, mothers with basic education are 50% more likely to have their children immunized against childhood diseases. (Gage and Piani, p. 214) • An estimated 110 million children in the world, 60% of them girls, will not attend school this year. (Sperling 213) • Parents in the developing world keep their daughters out of school to gather firewood, to haul water, to care for younger siblings, or to labor for extra income. (p. 214) (Sperling, G. B. “The Case for…,” 213-216) • When the cost of schooling is reduced and benefits are increased to the family, most parents choose a better future for their children. The simplest strategy is to eliminate school fees. When Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania reduced or eliminated school fees, they saw enrollments skyrocket. (Sperling, G. B. “The Case for …” 213-216)

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