Sister Sharon Eubank of the Relief Society general presidency and president of Latter-day Saint Charities recently joined with other members of the general presidencies of the Relief Society and Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a virtual walk to raise awareness for the hungry.
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“I’m walking today in Mueller Park Canyon in solidarity with our friends at Church World Service who are asking people to walk for people who are hungry,” said Sister Eubank.
Sister Eubank was joined in the virtual hunger walk by Sister Reyna I. Aburto of the Relief Society general presidency; Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president; and Sister Lisa L. Harkness of the Primary general presidency.
Following the recent G20 Interfaith Forum in October, where Sister Eubank spoke about acute food insecurity, Maurice Bloem, CEO of Church World Service (CWS), invited her to join him in a hunger awareness walk.
CWS held a CROP Hunger Walk in St. George on Saturday, November 14, 2020; however, the sisters were unable to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions in Utah. Instead, they participated in virtual walks close to their Utah homes to show solidarity.
“Maybe last year you partnered with Church World Service to buy a chicken or a goat that helps a family have a sustainable source of food,” said Sister Eubank, referring to the #LightTheWorld giving machines.
“You can still Light the World, and one of the things you can do is to walk in solidarity with people who are hungry, who often walk about nine miles a day to get food and water,” she said.
The sisters are encouraging others to visit JustServe.org for projects that benefit food banks and other organizations that help fight hunger as well as other service needs in their communities. More information on the virtual walks can be found at crophungerwalk.org.
CWS has partnered with LDSC to assist refugees and others in need since 2016.
The CROP Project was organized in 1947 when farmers were asked to donate food and seed crops to their hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia.