Madison Area CROP Hunger Walk

First Cong, for the eighth consecutive year, will be hosting the Madison Area CROP Hunger Walk this Sunday, October 16. Registration for the Madison Walk begins at 12:45pm with the Walk stepping off at 1:30 pm. Two different routes, 1 & 3 miles, will take walkers on and around the Regent Neighborhood as well as place them in step with those around the world who struggle to feed their own families.
* Nearly 1 billion people now live in poverty worldwide.
* In the U.S., nearly 43 million don't have enough to eat.
* Around 18,000 Children die every day from hunger-related causes.
* Hunger is preventable.
Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it doesn't have to be this way. Ending hunger is possible, and it is possible in our lifetime. For nearly half a century, CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious, sustainable food sources. From combating droughts in Nicaragua to providing agricultural training in Indonesia to stocking shelves in hundreds of food pantries across the United States, CROP Hunger Walks help end hunger by raising funds to support local food programs and the international anti-hunger work of Church World Service. Founded in 1946, Church World Service (CWS) works to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice. Supported in part by 37 member communions based in the U.S., CWS has expertise in advocacy, emergency response, services for refugees, and international relief and development. It has partners and programming in more than 30 countries.
In the past three years, the Madison Area CROP Hunger Walk has raised well over $110,000.00 to support Church World Service's fight against hunger and poverty, and provide much needed aid to those in the midst of natural and man-made disasters. Twenty-five percent of all funds raised at local Walks support local hunger relief organizations, for Madison that comes to over $27,000 in support to Dane County food pantries as well as the Meals On Wheels program through Independent Living, in just the past 3 years. 
The need continues to increase, the need to take steps continues. Twenty-Six Congregations from the Madison area participated in the 2015 Walk, including First Congregational. Congregations will again gather at First Cong this Sunday, October 16 to continue the long walk to support those in need. There is still time to JOIN THE WALK! Simply go on line and join or support the First Cong team at:
or and follow the prompts to the Madison Walk.     ~ Jeff Rabe 

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 10:11 am in Featured Content.

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