The 2013 CROP Walk for World Hunger will be held 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Participants will meet at the gazebo south of the Greater Regional Medical Arts Plaza at 2:30 p.m. for registration. The walk will take place in and around McKinley Park with participants choosing a two-, four- or six-mile route.
The CROP Hunger Walk is an annual fall event sponsored by Union County Ministerial Alliance. Twenty-five percent of the money raised from the CROP Walk will remain in Union County to help the needy.
The Ministerial Alliance will distribute Union County’s portion of the walk to individuals in need of food. Thrivent Financial has pledged $600 in matching funds for the project.
“This year we are adding a canned food drive in addition to collecting monetary donations,” said Lynne Schlaht, who along with her husband John, are coordinators of this year’s walk. “Many people have told us that they wanted to do more locally, so we thought a canned food drive for MATURA was a good idea.”
Canned goods may be brought to Hy-Vee or Fareway Oct. 5 and left with CROP Walk volunteers who will be collecting cash donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last year, $533.83 was collected on the Saturday before the CROP Walk.
Those not participating in the walk may drop off canned goods at the gazebo from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6.
“If you can’t make it to the CROP Walk on October 6, you can still collect pledges and walk on a different day,” said Schlaht. “If you can only walk a mile or less, that’s OK. The point is to walk however long you can. We walk because so many people around the world have to walk miles to get food, water and medical supplies.”
Healthy snacks and bottled water will be provided before and after the walk by Fareway and Hy-Vee. In case of rain, walkers may use the walking track at the YMCA.
To obtain a pledge envelope and more information, contact John and Lynne at 782-2400 or local churches.
A record total of $7,058.84 was raised in 2012. This year’s goal is to surpass last year’s total.