CROP Hunger Walk planned for Oct. 18

Margaretville — Adults and youth will gather Sunday, Oct. 18, to fight poverty and hunger during the annual CROP Hunger Walk. Local participants will join millions of people raising funds for CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.
People walk to raise funds for local hunger-fighting agencies as well as for the international relief and development efforts of Church World Service and other global hunger-fighting agencies.
The walk, in its fourth year, will take place at the Margaretville Central School field. This is a change from the past. This year the committee decided to create a safer environment for walkers and to offer an opportunity for those who might not be able to walk the entire event to participate by walking as part of a team. The focus of the walk itself is to promote a safe, fun and exciting environment while we do our part in making our community and the world a better place.
A new way for youth from age 5 to 19 to participate is by entering a poster into the poster contest. There will be 12 prizes in four age groups and the posters, once photographed, will be displayed around Margaretville, Fleischmanns and Roxbury. The winners will be announced the day of the CROP Walk and additional information needed about this contest is available at the Margaretville school office, the Roxbury school office or by using the contact information below.
Another new way to participate this year is to be a part of the “I Can Watch” program. These are people who don’t wish to walk but support the community effort. The admission to this portion of the program is one can of food for our local food pantries. Then, as a member of “I Can Watch” you will be able to cheer on walkers and experience the other activities of the 2009 CROP Walk.
The committee is excited about the possibilities that this event has for nurturing community spirit, caring for the people served by our food pantries, and acting as a driving force for responsible members of the global community.
One-quarter of the money raised in the Margaretville CROP Walk stays in the community, divided among the Margaretville Food Pantry and the Roxbury Food Pantry. We need more walkers to attain our goal of raising $4,000. So come join the fun. Call Pastor Peg Van Siclen for: Participant information, Sponsorship information, poster contest information or volunteer opportunity information at 607 326-9366.
This year registration starts Sunday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. (for early walkers). The official CROP Walk start time will be at 1 p.m. with games, activities and contest results going on in the afternoon only.