(from Maia Duerr) ...
Over the next couple of weeks, there are eight “Walks to Feed the Hungry” happening all around the U.S., organized by the good folks at Buddhist Global Relief (BGR).
These walks were initiated in 2010 by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and BGR as a way to raise both awareness and funds for food-related projects around the world. He writes:
A walk like this offers us, as Buddhists, a chance to express our collective compassion in solidarity with the world’s poor. It’s also a great form of exercise and an opportunity to make new friends. To walk a few miles may not seem like a demanding act, but when we view this event in context we can see that it has far-reaching implications. The UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that food is a basic human right, which must be fulfilled without discrimination of any kind. Sadly, our world has fallen terribly short of this commitment. Every year governments spend billions of dollars on weapons and wars, yet close to a billion people suffer from hunger and chronic malnutrition and two billion endure serious nutritional deficiencies.
A walks like this is a great source of merit and blessings and a collective expression of conscience on the part of us Buddhists.
While some of the walks have already taken place, there are more happening the rest of October. Here are the locations and dates:
Saturday, October 13
Ann Arbor / Metro Detroit, MI
New York City, NY
San Francisco CA
Sunday, October 14
San Jose–Mountain View CA
Saturday, October 20
LA–Santa Monica CA
Thursday, October 25
You can find out more information on this page – and you can also make a donation there even if you’re not able to join a walk. Help ‘em out — the folks at BGR do great work!