On Sunday Oct. 10, about 500 walkers from more than 50 local congregations and organizations will step foot from Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor to raise funds and awareness for local and global relief programs.
Mark Bialek | AnnArbor.com
It will be the 35th year in a row that local faith groups have joined forces, coordinated by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ), to participate in the international Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Walk sponsored by Church World Service.
Last year, the Washtenaw County CROP walk
raised more than $56,000 for local and global hunger relief and 400 pounds of food for area food programs, according to ICPJ. Of that, $14,000 remained in Washtenaw County, assisting local agencies in hunger relief and prevention.
This year, 25 percent of the funds raised by the 2010 CROP Hunger Walk will go to the following local hunger relief and prevention agencies:
â€¢Love thy Neighbor (FUMC)
â€¢ SOS Community Crisis Center
â€¢ Avalon Housing
â€¢ Interfaith Hospitality Network (Alpha House)
â€¢ Peace Neighborhood Center
â€¢ Aid in Milan
â€¢ Catholic Social Services
â€¢ Packard Health
â€¢ Community Action Network
â€¢ St. Andrews Breakfast Program
â€¢ Hope Clinic
â€¢ Emmanuel House
â€¢ Northfield Human Services
For more information on how to support the CROP Walk efforts by walking, sponsoring a walker, or donating food, go to the Washtenaw CROP Walk website
Read a personal reflection
by AnnArbor.com contributor Lisa Hirsch about her family's walking experience.