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September 13, 2008

CROP Walk to fight hunger, poverty

The Cleveland County CROP Walk To STOP Hunger will bring people of many denominations and faiths together in community Sept. 28 to fight hunger and poverty locally and around the world.

Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at Food and Shelter for Friends, 104 W. Comanche St. The three-mile, 45-60 minute walk-a-thon will start at 2 p.m. and wind through tree-lined streets and the University of Oklahoma campus. Walk teams include churches, businesses, civic and professional organizations, families, friends and dog walkers. Walkers who raise $100 or more in donations will receive a free CROP Walk T-shirt.

Nationwide effort

CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, is a nationwide ecumenical effort to raise awareness about the devastating impact of hunger and poverty. The walk is one of over 2,000 such events taking place across the country this year and has been a part of the community for more than 15 years as the Norman CROP Walk. It is organized by volunteers from a variety of local faith communities.

CROP Walk is a family oriented event packed with fun. Before the walk, participants can enjoy face painting for kids, musical entertainment by Monroe Elementary School's Manyawi World Music Ensemble and a premiere performance by Norman High and Norman North Global Music Program participants. Members of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band will help lead off the walk. The After-Walk Celebration will include a hot dog cookout and live music by the Mystery Dates, a popular Norman dance band.

Rest stations staffed by local Girl Scouts will be spaced along the walk route and also offer water and treats for furry walkers. Volunteers from OUrearth, a university-based environmental group, will provide recycling at the event.

Proceeds

Twenty-five percent of CROP Walk proceeds will be donated to Norman's Food and Shelter for Friends, which has provided emergency housing for homeless families and meals to the hungry for over 20 years. The agency's Homelessness Prevention Program helped over 400 families from becoming homeless last year through emergency rental and utility assistance. Last year, the agency served over 30,000 free, nutritious meals to the hungry. Food and Shelter For Friends has received over $30,000 in donations from the local CROP walk over the last decade.

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