Hunger Advocacy: Crop Walk 2018

This afternoon my daughter and I walked with other members of our UU Church in the Austin Crop Hunger Walk, an annual fundraising and education event sponsored by the Church World Service. After a week of rain, the sunny, breezy 2.4-mile walk around Camp Mabry grounds was a treat.

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Proceeds from the walk benefitted both the CWS, a non-profit that promotes grass-roots  efforts to combat hunger globally, and several local organizations involved in hunger advocacy and service, including the Central Texas Food Bank, Casa Marianella, Sustainable Food Center, and Refugee Services of Texas. 

Posted along the walk route were signs with information about the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, a legislative initiative to address preventable maternal and child deaths among vulnerable populations. Also positioned along the route were tables staffed by Austin Community College speech students who offered brief presentations on global issues, such as lack of access to clean water in Vietnam and Argentina and land inequality in Guatemala. Hunger, after all, is about poverty; it is not really a technical problem but a social one. There is enough land, water, and food to sustain everyone, but access to these is not fairly distributed.

Freedom from hunger is a human right and basic condition for health maintenance and disease prevention. If you share this view, I encourage you to donate to or volunteer for your local food bank and to contact your representatives to oppose budget cuts to SNAP and additional restrictions on the program, such as the Trump administration’s proposal to limit beneficiaries’ ability to choose their own foods in favor of “USDA food packages.”

To close, here are a few hunger-themed haikus that I composed in exchange for donations to support today’s walk:

 

Soil, wind, sun, and rain

Bellies alive and growling

For soup pot magic

 

Who owns the

Recipe for food?

Only seeds.

 

From the loam

Life eats what earth gives,

Which is life.

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3 thoughts on “Hunger Advocacy: Crop Walk 2018”

  1. I love that middle Haiku. I like all of them actually, but especially that one. A few times a year I teach 11-13 year olds cooking at a local school where I’m a teacher aide. I put some facts about hunger and nutrition up on the wall to encourage them to try new things and appreciate the abundance of food they have. Would you mind if I put that Haiku up as well? Of course, you’ll be credited as the writer. I think it would be a great way to remind them of the source of our food, and to share their knowledge and skills instead of jealously guarding it.

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