Contact Amy Tauchman - (630) 699-5071
Operation: Turn DuPage Blue
steps out to stop hunger
Members of OPERATION TURN DUPAGE BLUE stepped out on Sunday May 6th in support of Church World Services' CROP WALK in Wheaton. The group, focused on electing Democrats in DuPage and putting a dent in DuPage's one party rule, is taking the lead on many issues that are important not only to Democrats but to a majority of people in DuPage County.
OTDB raised over $300 and brought canned goods to the event. Over 25% of the money raised by the many Crop Walkers from organizations and churches around the area will go directly to food pantries in Glen Ellyn and Wheaton.
Amy Tauchman, a co-founder of Operation Turn DuPage Blue explains how an event like this walk for hunger and politics dovetail. "In DuPage right now, demand at food pantries is out-stripping supply by a good deal yet our County Board continues to cut services while the Board recently approved an additional 10 % raise for itself. I sincerely doubt any member of the County Board  wonders if he or she is going to be able to afford their next meal and pay the rent."
In fact, the Northern Illinois Food Bank reports that "67.7% of all of their client's households have an income of 130% or below the federal poverty level". Operation Turn DuPage Blue asks the DuPage County Board to really take a look at this situation as a way to honor Hunger Awareness Day on June 5 this year. OTDB will continue their efforts to raise awareness throughout DuPage.
"Real issues like local and global poverty, lack of medical care here and abroad and how our nation takes care of others around the world are things we  care deeply about at Operation Turn DuPage Blue" said Justin Major, who also helped start the group earlier this year. "OTDB is working to elect people who share these values and the organization plans to get involved in many events like the CWS Crop Walk as our numbers grow. People join our group knowing we really intend to walk the values we talk about, so to speak."
On the same day as the Crop Walk, Operation Turn DuPage Blue had a booth at the Green Earth Insititute, an organic farm co-op and education center in Naperville. In June, they will participate in the Sustainable Living Fair on June 9th at the College of Dupage. For more information on the group, please visit their website at or call 630-699-5071.