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Walk to end hunger at home
by Alanna Brown — Special to the Tribune
Oct 14, 2013 | 922 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CROP, an acronym for Community Responding to Overcome Poverty, is hosting a community-wide hunger walk. The events is sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. This charity walk dates back to 1969, where $25,000 was raised to help stop hunger. Many other CROP hunger walks have occurred since and are still going strong.

“We encourage everyone to take part. Any age is welcome. We do this kind of walk to support the people who have to walk everyday to get food,” said Sherry Beard, coordinator of the charity walk.

Anyone can go online and donate or donations are available the day of the walk. Donations can go toward someone who is walking, toward a team or you can donate to the walk itself. The walk takes place on Sunday and starts at 2 p.m. People in the Reno-Sparks community are encouraged to come out and support event. It starts at Idlewild Park, Snowflake Pavilion in Reno.

The money that is raised is used locally by community food banks, as well as used for disaster relief around the world. Unfortunately, this charity walk isn’t as successful as it used to be.

“I would say the most we have raised is $15,000, and about $200,000 over the years. It is discouraging but by doing it we are still making a difference,” Beard said.

So far about 100 people have signed up this year, and many more are encouraged. Those interested can still sign up to register as late as Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

“It makes me very sad that we only have about 100 people because we don’t limit it,. Anyone who wants to join us is more than welcome to,” Beard said.

By supporting the CROP hunger walk, participants are helping Church World Service provide emergency relief, grassroots development and refugee assistance. This walk is open to different churches. Participants don’t have to be affiliated with a church in order to donate or walk.

“One thing that is unique about this walk is there are 180 different relief organizations that donors can send their money to,” Beard said. “Donors can specify which to donate to, which is pretty cool.”

You can contact Sherry Beard at 359-1968 or go to to donate. She stressed any donation, no matter how small or large, is accepted and can make a difference to a person in need.
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