100 Mile Walk Initiative
The 100 Mile Hunger Walk is an annual event founded by CWS's Executive Vice President, Maurice Bloem, in 2012 to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger around 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 800 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.
Through the addition of our app as a means to continue engagement and give our followers a simple way to donate their miles and do good, we have collected more than 150,000 miles. This is fantastic! But to reach our goal we need YOUR help and your miles. So walk with us and walk with purpose.
Our Next Walk
The 100 Mile Walk started as a way for Bloem to put his feet where his heart is.
How does it work?
Due to COVID-19, this year was a bit different. Instead of walking his 100 miles through our CWS and CROP communities, Bloem walked through his own neighborhood in New Jersey. Although we normally meet with the volunteers who inspired this walk, we are now asking everyone who feel strongly about being advocates for a more just world to join us and to walk or take action today to help us end hunger.
Bloem's actual 100 mile journey took place in early October where he continued his journey for the 9th year in a row to walk in solidarity with those who walk long, dangerous paths to safety, to water, to work and to simply survive. Want another way to get involved? At the same time, we ran our CWS Global App campaign highlighting the hunger crisis and offering more ways to take action and make an impact.
Below you will find a number of ways to learn more about what we do and how you can continue to get involved to show your support in helping us end hunger around the world.
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.