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CROP Hunger Walks takes place next month

On Oct. 18, approximately 1,500 Walkers will step off in cities and towns all around Western Massachusetts with a goal to help stop hunger and poverty around the world and here at home. Organized locally, each CROP Hunger Walk designates one quarter of the funds raised to local food programs in their own communities. Last year, walkers in one dozen communities in Western Massachusetts raised more than $105,000 for the cause of ending hunger around the world. There is food enough for all, yet hunger persists: 1.02 billion people are hungry worldwide. Simply put, one in seven people doesn't get enough to eat and as many as half of them are children. In fact, hunger is increasing dramatically in many parts of the world, due to a pervasive world food crisis and rocketing food prices that have pushed another 100 million into dire poverty, causing food to become unaffordable. Most live in the so-called "developing world." But hunger haunts us at home, too, and the number of poor and hungry among our fellow citizens continues to rise as a result of severe economic recession. CROP Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and the Western Massachusetts CROP Hunger Walks will be joining some 2,000 communities in walking nationwide. CROP Hunger Walks support programs providing emergency assistance and supporting sustainable development for the millions of people around the world facing malnutrition due to the worsening global food crisis. CROP Hunger Walks support emergency assistance during a crisis, and sustainable agricultural, clean water and micro-credit programs that help strengthen communities to withstand disasters. For a complete list of Western Massachusetts CROP Hunger Walks, go to www.cropwalkonline.org, or call 583-8355 for information on how to sign up for the walk nearest you.

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