006_6What a terrific success!  We had wonderful weather, plenty of help with registration and lunch, and many enthusiastic walkers.  First Churches was joined with walkers from Edwards Church, First Congregational of Hatfield, and the Unitarian Society of Northampton.  In the end, we raised $3,755 for Church World Service, all of which was matched by the Feinstein Foundation.  $938.75 will be returned to the Interfaith Help Fund.  First Churches alone raised $2,663 of the total, plus 60 pounds of food that was donated to the Survival Center.  It is a blessing to be part of a community that cares so much about fighting hunger around the world and in our own backyard!  We are already looking forward to next year’s walk.

Nearly 50% of the world’s population (2.8 billion) lives on less than two dollars a day.  What does that mean?

For the middle classes,

[the food crisis] means cutting out medical care. For those living on $2 a day, it means cutting out meat and taking children out of school. For those on $1 a day, it means cutting out meat and vegetables and eating only cereals. And for those on $.50 a day, it means total disaster.

Josette Sheeran, head of the U.N. World Food Program

The facts of world hunger are frightening.  It may seem too overwhelming for us to make a difference, but any money we raise for Church World Service goes toward their efforts to combat both the root causes and the effects of hunger around the world.  Are you interested in learning more about the facts of hunger and the ways you can act?  Go to https://secure2.convio.net/cws/PDFs/Resources/Hunger.pdf

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)