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CROP walk slated in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKEOver 840 million people around the world receive insufficient nutrition one out of six of the greater human family but local residents are hoping to reap an unusual CROP to fight it.

The Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council, participating churches and anyone else who is interested in making a difference in world hunger, will be stepping out for a Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Walk on Oct. 14.

CROP Walk Chairperson Heidi Pedersen explained that the event is used to raise funds and awareness. The event, now entering its twenty-first year, sends 75% of funds raised to help fight hunger around the world, while 25% of funds raised go to local hunger fighting initiativesthe Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry.

Walkers will meet at the First Presbyterian Church and be commissioned with a prayer. Walkers will then ramble along one of two routes tailored to age and ability. After the walk, all will join together for a simple meal of soup and bread.

The walking routes will offer a choice between a short loop or a longer loop around Moody Pond; maps for the walkers showing the routes will be available. The walks will be marked with signs and will traverse the main downtown section of Saranac Lake.

Walkers will be sponsored by donors. The funds received will go directly to hunger initiatives. People can pick up a sponsor form at the church prior to the walk.

For more information on the walk call 891-3401 or go online to www.cropwalk.org .

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