Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Annual CROP Walk

September 20, 2007

The annual Southern Douglas County Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Hunger Walk will be Sept. 30.

Organized locally, the CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 125 walkers and hopes to raise $8,000 to help stop hunger and poverty in the community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised in Eudora will go to the Eudora food pantry.

Last year, 100 walkers raised more than $6,000 in the CROP Hunger Walk.

This year Eudora and some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks with the theme "We Walk Because They Walk."

Many of the walkers will be wearing "We Walk Because They Walk" T-shirts, proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live -- as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites in the United States. These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.

Central America is one part of the world where CROP Hunger Walks are making a big difference. In Guatemala, for example, indigenous families -- especially the women -- are learning how to grow more and better foods for their families, using appropriate technology such as greenhouses and catchment irrigation, alongside creative solutions of their own design -- used tires as mini-garden planters. They are also learning how to organize themselves, how to gain social and economic empowerment, and how to market their extra harvest.

CROP Hunger Walks continue to play a big role in the continuing saga of U.S. Gulf Coast rebuilding. More than two years after Hurricane Katrina, Church World Service is working to get hundreds of families out of FEMA trailers and into new or repaired homes.

For more information about the Southern Douglas County CROP Hunger Walk, call Diane Massey at 542-3110 or visit the Web site at

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