According to Share Our Strength and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, in Illinois, 1,833,810 people (14.2%) are food insecure. That is one in seven, meaning they are at risk of hunger and lack access to adequate access to the food they need to lead healthy, active lives. 661,950 children (21.6%) are food insecure. That’s one in five. Nearly 842 million people are suffering from hunger in the world and hunger causes the deaths of about 5 million children each year, according Catholic Relief Services.
The issue of hunger is one we talk about on a regular basis as we get ready for the CROP Hunger Walk on May 1, 2016. We are delighted to be featured on “The Doris Davenport Show” with Doug Wyman in a six-part series on hunger. Jon Skogen, Senior Community Engagement Specialist at Church World Services will kick-off the series on March 13, 2016. Jon has been our liaison for the CROP Hunger Walk for many years and has a wealth of knowledge on the subject.
The Doris Davenport Show, “All Local All The Time,” is our 2016 media sponsor. The radio program is broadcast live every Sunday evening at 7:00PM on 1490 AM WPNA Radio from the top of the Oak Park Arms. With a reach of over 1.5 million people throughout the Chicagoland area, the sponsorship enables the CROP Hunger Walk to educate a broad audience on the various aspects of the hunger problem in the United States as well as its local impact.
Over the next six weeks, CROP Hunger Walk experts, advocates and others committed to ending hunger will join co-hosts Doris Davenport and Doug Wyman in the WPNA studio. These CROP Hunger Walk representatives will provide important facts about the many aspects of hunger today. In this weekly awareness segment they will dispel myths and describe the needs of our fellow citizens both here and around the world who are suffering from hunger. To learn more about the radio program and co-hosts Doris Davenport and Doug Wyman, link to the Wednesday Journal cover story which highlights impressive details about these two Oak Park dynamic personalities.
Doris’ co-host, Doug Wyman, is a friend and part of the annual CROP Hunger Walk leadership committee. He has logged countless hours over many years volunteering, both as a leader and a server with Housing Forward and the CROP Walk. It was his lovely wife Barbara who first introduced him to the plight of hunger in their local community. Sponsoring the CROP Hunger Walk was an easy decision for Doris. “Doug has recruited me to raise funds for the CROP Hunger Walk the past two years. When I heard him preparing for this year’s walk, I surprised him with an announcement that The Doris Davenport Show would be happy to provide a full media sponsorship. As a faithful Catholic, it provides both of us an opportunity to support Pope Francis’ campaign calling on all Catholics to intensify efforts to end hunger around the world.”
In the coming weeks the Doris Davenport Show will keep the topic of hunger front and center with guests covering topics ranging from public policy; social issues; academia; education; distribution; religious perspectives; recipient needs and more.
Click here for a link to the show where you can hear it live on Sundays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST. We hope you all have a chance to listen and learn more about the issues. If you have comments, please fill out the form below and don’t forget to join and sign up for the walk, just follow this link.