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 140,000 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?
This year will be a little bit different. Due to COVID-19, Bloem will not be walking his 100 miles through our CWS and CROP communities, but through his own neighborhood in New Jersey. Instead of meeting with the volunteers who inspired this walk, we are asking others who feel strongly about being advocates for a more just world to join Bloem and walk in their own environments.
The walk will take place from Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 9. Bloem plans to begin 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. Additionally, from October 5 - January 5 we will be running our CWS Global App campaign highlighting the hunger crisis.
Below you will find a number of ways you can continue to get involved to show your support in helping us end hunger around the world.