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Howard City CROP Hunger Walk


On Sunday, October 8, the annual Howard City CROP Walk will take place for the 15th straight year. Walkers will cover a 4 1/4 mile route starting at Ensley Park in Howard City. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., walk at 2:00 p.m. The purpose of the Walk is to raise money to help in the fight against hunger. Walkers also strive to raise public awareness about the plight of the hungry.

CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, is sponsored by Church World Services. This is a cooperative effort of over 35 denominations working together to help erase poverty. This worldwide outreach provides aid in over 80 countries, including the U.S. The goal is to provide not only food to feed the hungry, but to help people to help themselves. A majority of the programs supported by the Walk are designed to help people become self-sufficient.

One important aspect of the CROP Walk is that 1/4 of all funds raised stays in our local community. In our area that is the Helping Hands food pantry. The remainder goes to Church World Services for their many programs both in the U.S. and throughout the world. These programs cover a wide spectrum ranging from emergency food in Africa, to supplying agricultural tools to farmers in South America, to building schools in Asia, to name just a few.

The CROP Walk works by people pledging to not only walk but to solicit donations. This is a community event and is strictly a volunteer effort. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual or a group to become involved in a very worthwhile project. For more information, contact Heritage United Methodist Church, 231-937-4310.

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