Chicago CROP Walk set for October 19

Submitted by Linda Wygant, End Hunger and Homelessness Mission Team

Ready to CROP Walk!

Ready to CROP Walk!

Get ready…get set…CROP Walk! The Chicago CROP Walk will celebrate its 32nd anniversary on Oct. 19 and participants from the Presbytery of Chicago are among the thousands gearing up to “help end hunger one step at a time.”

Walkers can register for a 2-mile or 10K route. Both routes start at St. James Cathedral in the Loop – with registration at 1 p.m. and step-off at 2 p.m. Participants can get information on the walk, sign up to participate and get started with their fundraising. Find out about walk rallies and an on-line rally, too.

There are other ways to support the Chicago CROP Walk. If you’re not a walker, volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly – before the walk and on the day of the walk. There’s a way for everyone to participate!

What happens to the money that will be raised? Funds raised by the Chicago CROP Walk support efforts to address root causes of hunger. Last year’s walk raised nearly $35,000 to support global Church World Service programs, as well as four local agencies, including the Presbytery of Chicago’s End Hunger and Homelessness Mission Team.

Why are CROP Walks, including the Chicago CROP Walk, so important? The recently-released, 2014 report from Feeding America helps answer the question. One in seven people in the U.S. sought food assistance last year, One in four active duty military also required food support – because their pay didn’t allow them to cover basic expenses. Other statistics: 12 million children and 7 million seniors received assistance to address hunger issues in their families.

How to help if you don’t live in Chicago? Church World Service sponsors CROP Walks all over the Chicago area! Presbytery of Chicago congregations participate in many of them! Not on board, yet? Use your zip code to find out about a CROP Walk near you, and get ready to walk to end hunger.

Need more information? Want to help on walk day in Chicago? Email Linda Wygant, End Hunger and Homelessness Mission Team, and she’ll get you connected: graceseedsministry@gmail.com.

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