Twenty-five percent of CROP Walk proceeds will be donated to Norman’s Food and Shelter, which provides emergency housing for homeless families and meals to the hungry. The remaining CROP Walk proceeds will support hunger relief and development projects of the Church World Service across the United States and more than 80 countries.
Church World Service programs in the developing world focus on building economic and environmental sustainability, strengthening local communities and encouraging self-reliance. The nonprofit agency’s efforts are supported by a coalition of more than 35 denominations and faiths worldwide.
“The Norman community is incredibly generous,” said local CROP Walk Chair Jane Pennington, noting that local CROP Walk organizers hope to raise more than $20,000 this year. “In the past 10 years, our community’s CROP Walk has raised more than $145,000 to benefit people in need, both here and around the globe.”
In conjunction with the walk, participants are encouraged to bring peanut butter and/or tuna for a drive to benefit local food pantries across Cleveland County. Free T-shirts will be provided to walkers who raise or donate $100 or more. The 2012 CROP Walks shirts also will be for sale for $10 each.
This year’s walk is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with more than 30 walk teams participating and more than 50 local sponsors, Pennington said.
“When you participate in CROP Walk, you are taking steps to alleviate hunger and poverty in the world’s neediest communities and right here in our own backyard.”
To learn more about CROP Walk, call recruitment chair Karen Buntin at 793-1457 or visit www.clevelandcountycropwalk.org.