Who are "they?"

They are the 1.3 billion people who go to bed hungry every night.

Because of poverty, they must walk to accomplish the most basic tasks:

CROP—Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty!

CROP Hunger Walks are sponsored by the Church World Service (CWS) to overcome hunger and poverty in our world. Founded in 1946, Church World Service stands with impoverished peoples around the world as they envision and fashion a better future. Last year, CROP Hunger Walks and events raised over $15 million to support hunger-fighting work of Church World Services around the block and around the world.

The Diocesan Social Justice and Outreach Committee is encouraging all parishes to sponsor teams of walkers in this year's event. Several communities in our diocese have scheduled CROP Hunger Walks in October, a great month to be out of doors. The walks cover 6 miles and take about 4 hours. Every age of walker is welcome.

Walks are being organized in the Pittsburgh East, North Hills, and South Hills areas but there are also walks in Indiana, Monroeville, Johnstown, Ligonier, and wherever you live!

Contact Kathy Clark at CWS (kclark@churchworldservice.org) or Colleen Sari of the Social Justice and Outreach Committee (csari@highlandta.com) for more specific info on the walk in your area.

Photo Credit: Paul Jeffrey/ACT-Caritas