Hunger Walk Participants Wanted

On Wednesday September 11th from 4:00-6:00, participation packets can be picked up at St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Blvd, for the 2019 Freeport Area Crop Walk. Individuals, organizations, businesses, and congregations are invited to participate. Come celebrate the Kick-Off of more than 30 years of our community involvement in this fight against hunger!

The 2019 Freeport Area Crop Walk will take place Saturday October 19th. Opening ceremony and step-off will be at 9:00 a.m. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Debate Square (Between the Freeport Public Library and Union Dairy, on Douglas St.) Walkers will be able to choose 1, 2, or 6 mile routes in the city-center area and will collect donations to support development, emergency needs, and fight hunger and poverty locally and around the world. 75% of the funds will go to Church World Service who will distribute the money to major hunger and relief organizations that donors have the opportunity to designate. 25% will go to local food pantries. $12,610 was raised in 2018 by local participants. This year’s goal is $15,000. If unable to pick up packets on the 11th or for more information contact: Linda, 815 233-5276 mslstk@yahoo.com

CROP Walk Background

CROP began in 1947 as the Christian Rural Overseas Program with a mission to help mid-west farmers share grain with post WWII European and Asian neighbors. In 1969 the first CROP Walk was held to raise funds to help end hunger around the world and in local communities. It has been continued in more than 1000 communities over the years. Freeport has held a CROP Walk for well over 30 years. In 2018, $12,610 was raised by our community and over $8,300,000 in over 800 walks nationally, with over 87,000 participants.

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