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Organizers of this yearâ€™s Valley City/Barnes County CROP Hunger Walk hope this yearâ€™s event will be a success and include the traditional walk, said the Rev. Emmy Isaackson of Our Saviors Lutheran Church Monday.
Last yearâ€™s walk raised $5,455, but Isaackson said no walk took place in 2011 due to flooding worries in Valley City and around Barnes County.
Isaackson is also a member of the local CROP Walk planning team this year. Many Valley City churches and their congregations are participating in this yearâ€™s event, scheduled for Sunday, April 29.
Isaackson said 75 percent of the money raised will go to Church World Service, an interdenominational group â€śthat helps (hungry) people around the world.â€ť
CROP stands for Christian Rural Overseas Program.
She said the remaining 25 percent will be donated to the Barnes County Food Pantry, â€śso at least 25 percent of the money raised will be spent locally.â€ť
Said Trinity Lutheran Church pastor the Rev. Dan Forsberg, â€śYouâ€™ve all heard it before and Iâ€™ll say it again, Valley City/Barnes County has had the longest running CROP Walk in the state. That is really something to be proud of! This past year, caring people in some 2,000 U.S.
communities joined together in 1,532 CROP Hunger Walks and other events to benefit CWS. They raised some $13.9 million to help end hunger at home and around the world. A quarter of the funds raised are shared with local hunger-fighting programs â€“ food banks, soup kitchens and community gardens across the U.S. As you remember, last year in Valley City we were unable to walk the 6 miles because of flood fighting efforts and barriers to physical safety. Yet, we still raised $5,455.16.
â€śEvery dollar raised for CROP Hunger Walk will be increased this year.
The Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting events during March and April, and our CROP hunger Walk is just such an event. The more funds we raise, the more weâ€™ll receive â€“ so every dollar counts even more. 25 percent of what we raise will go to Barnes County Food Pantry.
â€śWe will be meeting in the Our Saviorâ€™s Lutheran Church parking lot on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 1 p.m. We hope you can join us. If not, you can always support us! If you are interested in walking, raising funds or would like a fundraising packet, please call Isaackson at Our Saviors, 845-1328.â€ť
Isaackson said the local CROP Hunger Walk â€śhas been going on at least 20 years.â€ť
Participants get donation pledges for miles walked, with the standard walk length six miles. For people who can not walk six miles, shorter distances will also be traversed.
Plans are for walkers to take a couple of stops along the route. Local Boy Scouts plan to demonstrate how to do water purification on one of the stops, â€śas an example of what people have to do around the world to get clean water.â€ť
A few quick hunger facts:
*1.1 billion people are forced to survive on less than one dollar a day â€“ one of every 6 people in the world.
*People are hungry in the U.S., too. If all 36.2 million Americans faced with food insecurity stood in line at a food pantry in New York, the line would stretch to Los Angeles and back, twice.