Wisconsin’s CROP Walk is an interfaith effort organized annually in over 75 communities in Wisconsin to fight hunger and poverty locally and globally.  In Whitewater, it raises funds to enable the Food Pantry and the Gathering to provide more assistance to families.

This year CROP Hunger Walks will share almost $3.5 million with food banks, pantries, community gardens and other local efforts across the U.S.  This support is made possible because 25 percent of what each Walk raises stays to help hunger-fighting programs in their own community.  To learn more about CROP Walk and Church World Service please go to their website www.cwsglobal.orgg

In America
• 50.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households, meaning they aren’t always sure where the next meal will come from.
• 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.
• 1 in 8 Americans currently participate in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
In Our World
• 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 five.
• More than 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
Sources: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization; U.S. Department of Agriculture; United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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Some of those who walked in 2013