For many Americans, when the topic of hunger arises, one usually thinks “What do I want to eat?” or “Where should I get food from?”, but for 800 million people in the world the thought they have each and every day is, “Will I eat today?”Adequate food and water is something that many take for granted. Thankfully, there are non-profit organizations that make it their mission to help those who are food insecure.
Recently, the Hays County Food Bank partnered with Church World Service to host the annual, Hays County CROP Hunger Walk. CROP, is an acronym for Community Response to Overcoming Poverty. Church World Service is a global relief aid organization that has helped people in need all over the world for the past 68 years. This event is held every year to raise money and awareness for local and global food insecurity.
With our hunger-statistics-signs held high and our favorite vegetable and fruit costumes on, we took to the streets of San Marcos to bring attention to the #1 health risk in the world, hunger. Churches and businesses from all over the greater Hays County area came out to participate in our walk to end hunger.
The walk through San Marcos gave us a chance to see many things that correlate directly with what we were raising awareness for. We began our walk at the Dunbar Recreation Center; from there we walked through the neighborhoods that surround the Hays County Food Bank. In some areas, we were able to see the living conditions of some of the family’s that rely on the food bank for assistance.
A third of the way through the walk we stopped at the food bank to give walkers a tour and let them rest a moment. During this time we had the pleasure of listening to Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, share with us water conservation tips. Judge Cobb is very informed, and I was surprised by how much I learned on the topic by listening to him. Towards the end of the walk we stopped off at the Dunbar Neighborhood Garden and got a chance to see all of the vegetables, leafy greens and beautiful flowers they grow there. Dunbar Neighborhood Garden contributes a portion of their produce to Hays County food Bank so it was neat to see what they do at the garden. Jim and David, plant, nurture, harvest, and deliver the fresh produce from the two full plots that are kept for the Hays County Food Bank.
It is safe to say that the 2015 Hays County CROP Walk was a success! We were able to raise money and awareness that will make a difference in Hays County and the world. We are working towards a day where we will no longer have to fight to end hunger; one step at a time we will get there, thanks to wonderful organizations like Church World Service and the Hays County Food Bank.
By: Evelyn Burton, Hays County Food Bank Spring 2015 Intern