CWS Executive Vice President Maurice A. Bloem Launches Sixth Annual 100 Mile Hunger Walk Campaign

November 27, 2017

NEW YORK— Church World Service — a global humanitarian organization which was formed in its response to the aftermath of World War II — announces that its Executive Vice President Maurice A. Bloem will today kick off the sixth 100 Mile Hunger Walk campaign, an annual initiative that raises awareness and funds to fight hunger around the world.

Moved by the potential of volunteerism in bringing social and economic change, Bloem started building this campaign by visiting communities across the country —recruiting local leaders who expressed the willingness to walk with him ever since.

This year’s walk will focus on relief efforts in the Caribbean after multiple powerful storms brought damage and devastation. Proceeds will be used to support the CWS response to Hurricane Maria, which has included shipments of CWS Hygiene Kits, tarps, water filters, stoves and propane to Puerto Rico.
The walk will start in Jersey City, New Jersey on November 27 and will then continue into New York City, where the remainder of the six days will be walked. Before and after each walk, Bloem will meet with CROP Hunger Walk communities, politicians, NGO community members, photographers and CWS congregation communities. On December 2, following the final walk, a closing ceremony will be held at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave, NYC, from 5-8pm.

From now until the end December, the campaign also encourages the public to contribute to the effort online by donating money or miles walked in everyday life at 100mile.org.

The 100 Mile Hunger Walk campaign will also be launching an innovative beta app on Tuesday, November 28, which allows its users to earn points and compete with friends while raising funds and awareness for the destruction by disasters like the recent hurricanes.

This app enables players to log their physical activity—including walking, running, cycling and swimming — through December. Still in its beta version, this app will solicit users’ feedback and continue to develop in the months to come.

Learn more and join the 100 Mile Hunger Walk at 100mile.org.

CONTACT:
Diana Muresan | dmuresan@cwsglobal.org | 503-803-8014