Taking on hunger
Food is one of the great driving forces in our lives and has been since man came into being. Whether your ancestors were hunters or gatherers, knowing where the next meal was coming from has rightly had a high place in our priorities, and with good reason.
After all, our very lives depend on sustenance we get from food. It’s our fuel.
And for those lacking it, the results can be bleak.
Data show that children who are in families that experience food shortages have two to four times the health problems as their counterparts.
Hungry children are more likely to miss school. A mother’s lack of access to food during pregnancy can lead to a range of issues, including low birth weight and a higher rate of infant mortality. Anemia is common, which can lead to behavioral or learning struggles.
The problem, of course, is not confined to children. Parents going without food to stretch meals as far as possible lose productivity on the job. The elderly who are malnourished can see faster onset of degenerative diseases, and chronic hunger can exacerbate already existing conditions.
People concerned about making a difference with hunger locally and globally will lace up their sneakers on Sunday and begin the 4.8-mile walk in the Durham CROP Hunger Walk.
But does it make a difference? Joe Moran, 70, has retired from organizer Church World Service but will still be walking in CROP Walk and has helped with this year’s event. He offers a pretty realistic view on the CROP Hunger Walk website. “I know that we won’t end hunger overnight, but I’ve seen enough of the good that CROP Hunger Walks do around the world and right here at home to know … what we do makes a critical difference in the lives of people who live on the edge.”
Congregations from across Durham have galvanized members to raise funds and participate in the walk, which after 39 years can certainly be counted as a Bull City tradition.
Whether you have raised $20 from your own pocket or $2,000 from friends and neighbors, that money means someone will have a little more food and a little more security. It may feel like you are just making a drop in the bucket, but grab your sneakers anyway, and if you can afford to give a little, do. This is a very tangible issue here and in Raleigh and in Syria and in Uganda and in Haiti. The list goes on and on. But if there are enough drops in the bucket, there is a real impact on the problem.