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Crop walk: Fighting hunger one step at a time


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Walkers participate in last year's CROP Hunger Walk, organized by 30 local churches and held every year in Franklin. The walk helps raise money for the hungry across the world, as well as assisting the local InterChurch Food Pantry with donations and canned food. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Walkers participate in last year's CROP Hunger Walk, organized by 30 local churches and held every year in Franklin. The walk helps raise money for the hungry across the world, as well as assisting the local InterChurch Food Pantry with donations and canned food. SUBMITTED PHOTO


The annual CROP Hunger Walk will start at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Drive in Franklin. Organizing chairman Bill Qubeck explains what you need to know.

What is the CROP Hunger Walk?

A fundraiser for ministry group Church World Service to eliminate hunger locally and around the world.

How does this walk help needy families locally?

Of the money collected, 25 percent goes to the Interchurch Food Pantry. The rest goes to Church World Service, and some of that money comes back for emergency help for people.

How does this help the hungry elsewhere?

Church World Service uses the remainder of the money raised at CROP Walks to fight hunger in poverty-stricken areas of the U.S. as well as Bosnia, Uganda and other struggling nations.

What can people bring to help?

Donate money. If people want to donate food products for the Interchurch Food Pantry, they can bring it right to the church. We’ll accept it any way they can do it.

What are some good ways to raise money for this event?

People get pledges from friends, churches have benefit dinners, or people can just donate what they have.

How much money was raised last year?

$16,400

How much has Johnson County raised since the walk began in the early 1980s?

More than $322,000

What is the route the walk will follow?

We’ll take back streets to the church, then follow the Greenway Trail through Franklin.

Why is this an important event to support?

The food pantry needs money, Church World Service needs money. They really need it right now, with the holidays coming up.

How can I get involved?

All they need to do is come to the church at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Bring your donations or nonperishable food. Groups can call 736-8119.

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