The Oswego Area CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m.
The walk will begin and end at the Oswego YMCA Armory, 265 W. First St., Oswego.
Registration begins at 1 p.m. Longer and shorter walks of one to four times around the bridges allow walkers of various abilities to participate.
Organized locally, the Oswego Area CROP Hunger Walk hopes to top last year’s $6,756 to help stop hunger and poverty here in the community and around the world, through self-help initiatives.
Twenty-five percent of the funds raised will be divided locally among the Mexico Community Food Pantry at St. Anne’s, the Scriba Food Pantry at the Scriba Baptist Church, Human Concerns in Oswego, and the Salvation Army in Oswego.
The remaining funds support global initiatives of ecumenically-supported Church World Services to reduce and eliminate hunger world-wide.
Last year, walkers raised $6,756.65 in the Oswego Area CROP Hunger Walk with more than $1,689 being returned to the local community. Over the years, the Oswego Area CROP Hunger Walk has raised $289,682.79.
For more information about the Oswego area CROP Hunger Walk, and for materials so that your organization, business, or church can support and participate, contact Rev. Elyse Skiles, Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church, 343-0996 or 963-8599; Rev. Richard Klafehn, Oswego Grace Lutheran Church and Resurrection Episcopal Church, 343-3501; or Rev. Bill Palmer, Mexico First United Methodist Church, 963-3066.
Donors also may contribute online at: www.crophungerwalk.org/oswegony
C.R.O.P. means Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.
With its inception in 1969, CROP Hunger Walks are “viewed by many as the granddaddy of charity walks,” notes the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 26, 2009).
On October 17, 1969, a thousand people in Bismarck, ND, walked in what may have been the first-ever CROP Hunger Walk – and raised $25,000 to help stop hunger.
Several other walks occurred soon thereafter, and before long there were hundreds of walks each year in communities nationwide.
Currently, well more than 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in more than 1,600 CROP Hunger Walks each year. More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.