100 Mile Walk Initiative
The 100 Mile Hunger Walk is an annual event founded by CWS's Chief Sustainability & Impact Officer, Maurice Bloem, in 2012 to raise awareness & funds to to end hunger, poverty & injustice in the world.
Inspired by the spirit of volunteerism behind the CWS-sponsored CROP Hunger Walk, a community-organized charity event that takes place in over 500 locations across the U.S. each year, Bloem set out on his own journey.
The walk has a few key purposes:
(1) to raise awareness about hunger, poverty, displacement and disasters. (2) to celebrate and promote volunteerism, because doing anything for free is big deal & (3) to raise funds to end hunger, poverty, displacement and disasters.
A few years back we decided to ask our participants to reflect and walk in solidarity with those who walk an average of 8 miles a day to access clean water, food and to get to work or school. We also began asking people to donate their miles walked.
Their miles will be added to our collective goal of 690,000 walked miles by 2030 which are inline with the Global Goals plan to eradicate hunger by 2030. We chose 690,000 because it represents the 690 million people in our world who don't have enough to eat. We have collected more than 175,000 miles to date. This is fantastic! But to reach our goal we need YOUR help and your miles. So walk with us and walk with purpose.
We are thrilled to announce that the 100 Mile Hunger Walk has been awarded the 2020 Pioneers in SDGs: Change Maker Award by The Journalists and Writers Foundation at this year’s United Nations General Assembly.
Another 100 Miles Walked
The 2023 100 Mile took place from March 26 - April 1 in Seattle, WA and in July 2023 we closed our fundraising campaign after raising $16,000! All the proceeds go to support CWS's global programs that work to create a world where there is enough for all.
Check out the Walk Talk Listen podcast to hear stories from the walk and listen to interviews with some of the local Seattle CROP hunger walk leaders and local agencies they support.