It is not very often that I post something personal around here but this is a cause and something that my family is doing that I would like to share with all of you. This coming weekend, May 6th, we will be walking in our local CROP Walk. Now you might ask what is a CROP Walk, well in story it is a walk that raises money to stop hunger worldwide. What I think makes this walk and organization so different from others is it fights hunger right here in the United States as well as world wide. 25% of the money raised stays right here supporting the poorest of us. While there are much bigger needs in other parts of the world, there are needs right outside out back door. I like that this organization recognized and does something about this. Here are some facts about hunger:
HUNGER: JUST THE FACTS
Food security occurs when people have consistent access – physically and economically – to sufficient safe and
nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. For too many people, food security is a dream – and food
insecurity is their reality.
925 million people do not have enough to eat –that’s nearly three times the population of the U.S.
98 percent of the world’s hungry live in developing countries.
Malnutrition leads to nearly one third of all childhood deaths before age 5.
More than 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
Hunger kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
One in seven people will go to bed hungry tonight.
One in four children in developing countries is underweight.
In the United States:
50.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households.
17.2 million children in our country don’t get enough healthy food to eat.
Households with children experience almost double the food insecurity rate of childless households.
5.6 million households relied on a food pantry one or more times in 2009.
1 in 8 Americans currently participate in SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp program)
To me these are some very scary facts. I hope that you will consider making a donation to our walk and our goal to stop hunger world wide. I am even going to make it worth your while with a little contest. If you make a donation to our walk, you will be entered to win a signed hardcover copy of For A Few More Demons by Kim Harrison.
To make a donation, please follow this link. Once you have made your donation, come back here and enter in the rafflecopter below. There will be bonus entries once your completed making a donation. Thank you for your support and I know together we can stop hunger.