ALAMOSA — Twelve percent of people across all developing countries struggle with hunger. That amounts to roughly one in every eight people not knowing where their next meal is coming from.
In the San Luis Valley, that number balloons to one in four. La Puente endeavors to fight hunger locally through community meals and a network of 15 food banks. But when we look outward, we face the question: what do we do about global hunger?
For the past six years, La Puente has partnered with the Church World Service to participate in CROP Walk, an annual fundraising 5K where the proceeds go directly toward providing food for the hungry. La Puente uses funds to continue supporting and expanding local food banks and aiding hungry and homeless families in Alamosa and across the San Luis Valley, where Church World Service brings their money abroad to feed people in developing and resource-starved nations, as well as those that have been ravaged by war.
La Puente cannot do this on its own. They invite the community to participate and donate what they can. Anyone can assemble their family, neighborhood, or friends and start collecting donations toward the effort for global and local hunger relief. Those who can’t collect funds may donate non-perishable food items.
Come to Cole Park in Alamosa on Sunday, April 23, at 1 p.m. to join the 3.1 mile walk, which represents the average distance families have to walk to get drinking water globally, and see some of the ways that La Puente fights hunger in the San Luis Valley.
During the walk, participants will visit the Alamosa Food Bank, La Puente Home, and the Boyd Garden, highlighting the three pillars of local hunger effort.
Sunday will be day a filled with food, fun, music, and the opportunity to learn more about hunger in the community and how to help.
For more please contact La Puente’s Office of Community Education, 719-587-3499.