NORMAN — The Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger will launch its annual campaign to fight hunger at home and abroad with two upcoming Team Leader Orientation events.
A meeting for University of Oklahoma students will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University Lutheran Church and Student Center, 914 Elm Ave., just west of campus. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided.
The second Team Leader’s Orientation will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Food & Shelter Inc., 104 W. Comanche St. The evening will feature free appetizers donated by local ethnic cuisine restaurants.
For more than 30 years, the local CROP Walk has brought together hundreds of concerned citizens each year to raise awareness about the impact of poverty and hunger.
Faith communities, civic and professional organizations, businesses, youth groups, student and university organizations, families, friends and dog walkers are invited to form teams to raise funds to support Norman’s Food and Shelter and the international relief efforts of Church World Service.
During the orientation meetings, prospective walkers and team leaders will hear a short orientation about the charity walk-a-thon, which will be Oct. 6. Participants also will receive pledge packets and promotional materials to share with their teams.
CROP — Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty — is the community hunger appeal of Church World Service, a cooperative ministry of 36 denominations providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief and refugee assistance in more than 80 countries.
The Oct. 6 CROP Walk is a three-mile, 45-minute walk that will begin at Food and Shelter and wind through tree-lined streets and the OU campus. Pre-walk fun includes performances by the Pride of Oklahoma and Manyawi Children’s World Music Ensemble, as well as face painting for kids.
The event will culminate with a hot dog cookout and feature dance music by DJ Adrian Buendia and Nexus Productions.