50 participants. 1,200 individual donors. 11,000 visitors. More than $155,000 total raised. This is the power of HungerworX.
Two years ago, the Center for FaithJustice launched its first-ever HungerworX campaign in Lent 2014. It was something new, something different, and something very special, exceeding all expectations for success, both as a fundraiser, and even more importantly, as an awareness-raiser for the issue of food insecurity here in our country. Your prayers and support are what have made this incredible success possible. THANK YOU.
We are proud to launch our third annual HungerworX campaign on Ash Wednesday, February 10th. Join us again this year to take this challenge to the next level, and make HungerworX-2.0 have an even greater impact!
What makes HungerworX-2.0 different? We are glad you asked!
In an effort to promote a more powerful sense of community, solidarity, and a stronger reflective experience, HungerworX-2.0 will call on participants to engage in the traditional HungerworX challenge together, as "one body", during Holy Week . While fundraising, preparation and sharing the HungerworX story will take place throughout Lent, the HungerworX-2.0experience during Holy Week will allow us to reflect together in solidarity with all those whom we help serve through CFJ's various programs throughout the year.
What will YOU do to honor this sacred season? Sign up today!
Three years in a row ... Why does HungerworX still matter?
The message has been lost in this very loud election season, but food insecurity remains an issue of great urgency. Here in New Jersey, the number of men, women and children living in poverty continues to rise, with nearly one million households living below the federal poverty line – 11.4% of the state! That’s a staggering 35% increase since the onset of the economic downturn in 2008 and does not take into account cost-of-living in each state, which is particularly high here in New Jersey. To further exacerbate the situation, recent cuts that went into effect in 2014 have reduced the average individual weekly SNAP benefit in New Jersey from $33.75 to $30.25. That might not seem like a drastic difference, but it is deeply significant to those Americans living on the financial edge. That’s $3.50 less each week to buy a gallon of milk, or a dozen eggs, or other basic staples of a typical diet. And just recently, the Christie administration backtracked on previous policies, making employment a prerequisite for SNAP eligibility, leaving more than 11,000 of the states residents newly - and suddenly - without food benefits.
Becoming a HungerworX participant or donor enables you to raise awareness and make a difference while supporting the great WorX programs of the Center for FaithJustice. Participants receive a complete resource toolkit along with ongoing fundraising support and guidance. Join us today! Email Stephanie Peddicord at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or visit us online at www.hungerworx.org.