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CROP Hunger Walk celebrates 50 years of helping others survive

• You can still donate to the effort


October 16, 2019

Yvonne Miller

COMBATING HUNGER ONE STEP AT A TIME – This group of about 30 Kiowans and three furry friends gathered for the CROP Hunger Walk Sunday afternoon. They were but one community across the U.S. joining in this international anti-hunger movement. From left: Brenda Myers and Roxie, Marcia Cantrell, Pam Green, Dee Coggins, Tena Ruggia, Belinda Hitchcock, Mary Ann Gillig, Deb Helfrich, Amanda Corr, children Callen Corr, Cooper Courson, Annie Courson, Trilbey Dorsey, Fiona Walz and Jessica Jahay; (kneeling) Dana Roark and Georgi; (back) Carra Mayberry, Max McGee, Pat Myers, Pam Malone, Pastor Bud Ruggia holding Benny, Connie Inslee, Nora Gugelmeyer, Lauren (visiting from Denver), Janie Rathgeber, Heidi Courson, Ann Walz, Heather Blick, Julie Jahay and Judy Schrock.

Sunday afternoon an estimated 30 walkers and three dogs formed the CROP Hunger Walk in Kiowa. Kansas. It was a picture-perfect fall day for the walk. The group started on Main Street and meandered through town by each of the churches – about one mile.

The group in this rural town joined people in 44 states who host Church World Service-sponsored CROP Hunger Walks with the universal goal of "a world where every child has enough healthy food every day."

This year, 2019, marks 50 years that Americans have been walking to end hunger for their neighbors around the block and around the globe. As of Sunday, the Kiowa walkers raised $1,100, organizer Carra Mayberry said. She and co-organizer Judy Schrock said they can accept your donation until Nov. 3.

The first-ever charity walkathon in the U.S. that began the CROP Hunger Walk movement was in 1969. That was by youth in Bismark, North Dakota, and York County, Pennsylvania, who inspired communities around the U.S. to join them.

Part of the funds raised goes to the local food pantry – in Kiowa that's the Ministerial Alliance Food Bank. The hunger walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious, sustainable food sources. For example, some of the money goes for agricultural training in Indonesia so people in those communities can learn to grow food for themselves. There are many aspects to the international anti-hunger work of Church World Service.

The idea is to partner with parents worldwide to help ensure a bright future for their children. CWS supports those people who live in poverty and open up new doors of opportunity for them.

As CROP walks grew over 50 years, there are now tens of thousands of walkers committed to building a hunger-free world – one step at a time.


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