The 100 Mile Hunger Walk is an annual event founded by CWS's Chief Sustainability and Impact Officer, 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 550 locations across the U.S. each year, Bloem set out on his own journey to put his feet where his heart is.
This year's 100 Mile will take place from October 10 - 16 in Seattle, WA, but our fundraising campaign will run until the end of the year. We invite you and other advocates for a more just world to donate – and to join Maurice by walking in your own environments. All the proceeds go to support CWS's global programs that work to create a world where there is enough for all.
Each year Bloem walks 100 miles through our CWS and CROP communities and spends his time meeting with our CROP volunteer teams, our beneficiaries, local community members, political officials, students, artists, and other like-minded individuals who work to support their community, end hunger, and promote a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. We will be kicking off this year’s walk on Monday, October 10, ending it by joining with the Kent, WA CROP walk volunteers and community members on October 16 and encourage those in the community to come out and meet with us as well. Additionally, Bloem is a Fellow at Seattle University and will be joined that week by his fellow Advisory Council Members who work with him at Seattle U’s Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement.
This year's theme is centered around the Inner Development Goals which is an “open source initiative” that is working to build a framework to “help accelerate the work towards the UN’s Global Goals”. This framework is made through co-creating and realizing that to create a better world for all, we must first unlock and grow our inner capacity, skills, and abilities to fully materialize humanitarian transformation.
As we continue to live with COVID-19, any events we join or meetings we have will follow all safety measures and protocols (face masks, safe distances, hand washing/sanitizing, etc.) to protect our community.