GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Residents from communities all over Western Massachusetts will put on their walking shoes to help eradicate hunger and poverty around the world and around the block by participating in one of 11 CROP Hunger Walks on Oct. 21.
CROP stands for "Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty." CROP Hunger Walks raise money for local food pantries and other hunger and poverty-fighting programs both here at home and around the world, where the money helps communities affected by natural disasters and provides long-term recovery and sustainable development to help lift people out of poverty.
Walkers of all ages from Belchertown, Dalton, Franklin County (Orange), Granby and South Hadley, the Hilltowns (Southampton), Ludlow, Northern Berkshire County (Williamstown), Ware, Westfield, Wilbraham and Hampden and Greater Springfield will walk to raise money and awareness for people all around the world who must walk for food, water, firewood, and safety, and to meet their basic needs.
This year marks the 35th anniversary CROP Hunger Walk for the Greater Springfield area. Over the last 35 years, the greater Springfield community has raised over $600,000 to fight hunger and poverty here at home and around the world.
For more information about any of these Western Massachusetts CROP Walks, and how to get your school or congregation involved, contact Church World Service New England in Ludlow at 583-8355, or find a walk near you online at www.cropwalkonline.org