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Ticonderoga walk takes aim at hunger

Annual CROP Walk set Oct. 19

The 10th annual CROP Walk to end hunger will be held in Ticonderoga. The 2013 event will Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. It will begin and end at the Heritage Museum at the entrance to Bicentennial Park. There will be mile, 2-mile and 4-mile walks.

The 10th annual CROP Walk to end hunger will be held in Ticonderoga. The 2013 event will Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. It will begin and end at the Heritage Museum at the entrance to Bicentennial Park. There will be mile, 2-mile and 4-mile walks. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The 10th annual CROP Walk to end hunger will be held in Ticonderoga.

The 2013 event will Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. It will begin and end at the Heritage Museum at the entrance to Bicentennial Park. There will be mile, 2-mile and 4-mile walks.

Participants are asked to seek pledges wit the money going to hunger relief agencies.

“The committee is thankful for the wonderful response from last year, which netted $8,000, of which $2,000 came back to our local food pantries,” said Bob Johnson, a Ti CROP Walk organizer. “With continued community support we will do more to address hunger here at home and abroad.”

This year nearly $600 has been pledged to the Ticonderoga CROP Walk through online donations. Information about the local event is available at http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/site/TR/2013FallCROPHungerWalk/TR-Fall2013?fr_id=17233&pg=entry People can also call Johnson at 543-6127 or Bob Whitaker 543-6826.

“This year we are encouraging our local businesses to become sponsors,” Johnson said. “We will post your business name to show you care. We ask that you encourage any employees who aren’t working to join us.”

This year there CROP Walks scheduled in more than 2,000 American communities. The theme is “Ending hunger one step at a time.”

“Last year 72 walked together to support the women and children who are walking 5 miles a day to retrieve water for their families in poorer countries; 1.02 billion people are hungry world wide,” Johnson said. “Starvation and famine can be caused by climate change, wars, lack of rain, political corruption and greed. Fifty million Americans live in food-insecure households, meaning they aren’t always sure where they will get their next meal. Here in Essex County our unemployment rate is still too high as more needy come to our pantries for assistance each year.

“The displaced people of Chad and Niger are held in refugee camps having no where to go and needing to be fed everyday,” he said. “Each of us can take ‘steps’ to help.”

CROP Walks are community events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

When CROP Walks began in 1947, CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia. The Christian Rural Overseas Program no longer exists, but the CROP acronym remains.

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