Friday, September 25, 2009

York Churches Sponsor Tenth
Annual CROP Hunger Walk

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of York’s annual four-mile walk to raise funds for the hungry and needy around the world. On Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m., walkers will set out from St. George’s Episcopal Church on York Street in the Tenth Annual York Community CROP Hunger Walk (CROP - Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty).
Sponsored by local churches, the CROP Hunger Walk is conducted in cooperation with Church World Service (CWS), a multi-church agency that combats poverty and hunger and provides emergency disaster relief in some 80 countries.
Church World Service coordinates CROP Hunger Walks in communities throughout the United States. Last year, funds from the various CROP Hunger Walks and events raised $17 million dollars for such needs as emergency medical supplies for flood victims in the United States, for health services and safe water for the displaced in Darfur, and for vocational training for indigenous communities in Latin America - to mention three CWS activities. During the local floods of spring 2006, CWS was in York.
“We can be proud that over the last nine years our community has raised about $35,700 to help suffering families in our own country and abroad, ” commented Ted Little, chairman and coordinator of this year’s CROP Hunger Walk and a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church. “Last year’s CROP Hunger Walk raised nearly $4,000,” he said, “and we hope to do as well or better this tenth year as we move toward the $50,000 mark.”
The York Community Food Pantry, the Table of Plenty, which serves the Yorks and the Berwicks, and the Footprints Food Pantry in Kittery will receive 25 percent of the funds raised by York’s CROP Hunger Walk. Last year, these food relief groups shared about $1,000.
The walk route is the same as last year. Walkers will start out from St. George’s parking lot at 1 p.m. (registration is at 12:15 p.m.) and will pass through York Village on Long Sands Road to the ocean, and then back into York Harbor and along York Street, returning to the church, where refreshments will be available. Along the way, there will be at least three water stations, and a van will follow the walkers to pick up individuals who want to ride back to St. George’s.
Everyone is welcome, including walkers with strollers and those who want to do at least part of the walk in wheelchairs. Young people are particularly welcome. The more sponsors for each walker, the more money is raised. Walkers and sponsors of walkers are asked to make donations in amounts of their choice. Checks should be made payable to CWS/CROP. Prior to Oct. 4, registration forms will be available at the sponsoring local churches. FMI: Ted Little at (207) 363-7527.