BLUE ZONES: CROP Hunger Walk is Oct. 14

October 8, 2018


Food insecurity affects millions of people in the United States and around the world.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy life. It is a complex problem that encompasses issues including lack of affordable housing, social isolation, health problems, medical costs and low wages.

Seniors, children, and people living in rural communities are at increased risk for food insecurity. Thankfully, Dodge County has dedicated people and organizations working to address these needs. Blue Zones Project has been partnering with many of these organizations to ensure that healthy food is accessible and affordable to everyone.

Faith-based organizations are answering the call. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and are led by local congregations to raise funds to end hunger both locally and around the world. Beaver Dam area churches have been participating in CROP Hunger Walks since the 1960s.

This year, they hope to make the event bigger and better than ever before. The walk will take place at 2 p.m., Oct. 14, starting at St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center, 408 S. Spring St., Beaver Dam. The walking route is about 1.6 miles. All are welcome. Walkers or runners can choose to do the route multiple times or shorten the loop in order to complete the walk before 4 p.m.

Blue Zones Project will man one of several water and refreshment stops along the route, supporting the participants as they move naturally and connect with their community.

“The CROP Hunger Walk is a great way to provide community-based, interfaith opportunity where anyone and everyone can help end hunger. It is also a visual reminder of people from all around the world who need to walk to get clean water,” said Heidi Muenchow, a member of this year’s Beaver Dam CROP Walk Committee.

There is no cost to participate; however, walkers are encouraged to raise money to help end hunger. Every little bit helps — 25 percent of the funds raised will go directly back to Beaver Dam’s Community Action Council and St. Vincent de Paul food pantries. The remainder of the funds support work to end hunger around the world.

Many local churches are already involved and are recruiting walkers from their congregations to be part of a team. Anyone is welcome to form their own team or participate as an individual or family. Register in advance and get a pledge packet by contacting the Rev. Bryan Lagerstam at pastor@stjohnsbd.org or register the day of the event starting at 1 p.m. at St. Katharine’s Parish Center, or online at crophungerwalk.org/beaverdamwi.

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