News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 14, 2012

CROP Hunger Walk set Oct. 21

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County and United Methodist Temple will be hosting the CROP Hunger Walk on Oct. 21, a 5k beginning and ending at First Congregational Church near Sixth and Ohio streets. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the walk will begin at 2 p.m.

The CROP Hunger Walk began in 1969, raising awareness and funds for international and local relief on hunger. Teams of walkers come from schools, churches, business and other organizations. Some 2,000 communities across the country participate each year.

The CROP Hunger Walk raises money for Church World Service to use in communities around the world.

Twenty-five percent of the proceed from the Vigo County walk will be split between the 14th and Chestnut Community Center and the Salvation Army food pantry.

Everyday almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. The world produces enough food each year to provide a healthy diet to everyone on the planet, but more than 800 million people in the world go to bed hungry. Roughly one-sixth of the people in the world lack access to safe drinking water. In the Wabash Valley, there are more than 40,000 people who are identified as hunger-challenged.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 13 percent of Hoosier households are food insecure, or at risk of hunger. This equated to more than 1 million Hoosiers who are in need of assistance. In 2011, 20.3 percent of households surveyed in the state said they were unable to afford enough food at times during the year. In 2010, the same report indicated that Indiana also had 20.3 percent food hardship. Reports have revealed that Indiana ranks as the 17th worst in the nation for food hardship. Eight out of the 9 Congressional Districts in Indiana had 15 percent or more of their residents reporting food hardship in 2010-2011.  “I encourage everyone to get involved. It’s easy and fun. Simply call MHCVC at 812-234-8713 or United Methodist Temple at 812-299-1898 to register and start funds to help the hungry” said Dinah Farrington, chair of this year’s walk.