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October 4, 2012

Food and Shelter to host open house Sunday

NORMAN — In conjunction with the upcoming CROPWalk, Food and Shelter will open its doors to those wanting to learn more about the fight to end hunger and homelessness in the community.

On Sunday, hundreds of women, children and men will gather at Food and Shelter, symbolically walking with those who must walk miles to get food — here and around the world.

“We felt like this was a great opportunity to share our mission with our friends in the community,” said April Doshier, executive director of Food and Shelter.

CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the impact of hunger and poverty.

The walk is one of more than 2,000 such events taking place across the country this year and has been a part of the community for more than 30 years. The walk is organized by volunteers from a variety of local faith communities.

Twenty-five percent of all funds directly benefit hunger and poverty relief efforts provided by Food and Shelter.

“This event is a significant source of our annual budget, and its success allows us to continue to feed the increasing number of hungry women, children and men in Norman,” Doshier said.

This year’s walk is dedicated to the memory of Michael McNeill, a Food and Shelter guest who lost his life recently.

“We walk in honor of Mike because he represents the wonderful human beings we see here at Food and Shelter and the work being done for the homeless and hungry here in Norman, but also reminds us that we have much work to be done,” Doshier said.

This August, Food and Shelter posted record numbers of individuals being served in the dining room and a significant increase in the number of families requesting shelter services.

No reservation are necessary to attend the open house. Guided tours will be available from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Individuals and families who would like to join CROPWalk can register at www.cropwalk.org.

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