NORMAN — Event raises funds to help feed the hungry
The Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger will bring together hundreds of people from faith groups, businesses and organizations on Oct. 7 to fight hunger and poverty locally and around the world.
Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at Food and Shelter, 104 W. Comanche St. The three-mile, 30-45 minute walk-a-thon will start at 2 p.m. and will 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. Individuals also are welcome to join and register on the day of the walk. While there is not a registration fee, individuals and teams are encouraged to make donations.
This year’s walk will be dedicated to the memory of Michael McNeill, a client and member of the Food and Shelter family who died Sept. 1 in Norman. Individuals are invited to make memorial contributions to the walk in McNeill’s honor.
CROP, or Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, is a nationwide, ecumenical 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.
CROP Walk is a family orientated event. Before the walk, participants can enjoy face painting for kids and musical entertainment by Norman Public School’s Manyawi World Music Ensemble and a contingent of the Pride of Oklahoma.
Members of local school and church choirs will lead the walk by singing the African marching song “Siyahamba.”
The after-walk celebration will include a hot dog cookout provided by First American Bank and music by DJ Adrian Buendia and Nexus Productions of Norman. Rest stations along the route, staffed by local Girl Scouts, will offer water and restrooms, along with water and dog treats for furry walkers. Those who are unable to physically join in the walk but want to contribute and participate are invited to join in for the festivities.