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Heart of Texas CROP HUNGER WALK Slated for October 13

News Release:
The Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk: Ending hunger one step at a time

Contact: Katie Cook


Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk to be held Sunday, Oct. 13.

            1. Caritas to receive local funding

            2. Church World Service works nearby and around the world

            3. Join the local CROP Hunger Walk

            4. You can help even if you can’t join the walkers

Want to make a difference for hungry people?  Come to the Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk on Oct. 13.  Last October, more than 100 walkers and a plethora of dogs enjoyed the 5-K walk on a beautiful Sunday afternoon along the Brazos River, while raising almost $4500. This year, the steering committee hopes to raise $5,000 with 200 walkers, to bring an end to hunger in the Waco community and around the world. A portion of the funds from the walk will go to Caritas of Waco.

This year’s walk will take place on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13, at Bledsoe Miller Park (300 Martin Luther King Blvd.) Registration will begin at 2:00 and the walk will begin at 3:00.

CROP Hunger Walks are held in more than 2,000 cities in the United States, all during the year, involving hundreds of faith communities. With the theme "Ending hunger one step at a time,” walkers proclaim their solidarity with the millions of people around the world who have to walk long distances to find food and water—as well as with the millions of people served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites in our own country.

A portion of the funds from every CROP Hunger Walk goes to a local agency that serves hungry people. The local recipient for this year’s walk is Caritas of Waco.

1. Caritas to be local recipient of funds

Caritas of Waco, founded in 1967 by the Austin Diocese of the Catholic Church, has grown into a community-wide agency with interfaith support. Now located at the corner of 15th & Mary downtown, the organization includes an emergency assistance program for utilities, rent and medicine; two thrift stores; a gifts-in-kind program that distributes returned goods to helping agencies; and one of the largest food pantries in Central Texas.
             In the past few years, Caritas staff and volunteers have seen a drastic increase in the number of people needing help. In that time, an average of 2,000 families has been coming to Caritas for food assistance, and the staff has helped more than 100 new families each month. “We see about 100 families a day, mainly for help with food supplements,” said Buddy Edwards, the Caritas executive director. “Our client numbers have remained high since 2008 when the economic recession began.”
            As they have done for more than 40 years, the Caritas folks continue, in the face of incredible need, to endeavor to give assistance where it is needed
            (For more information about Caritas, call 254-753-4593 or go to www.caritas-waco.org.)

2. Church World Service works nearby and around the world

In addition to helping local ministries, Church World Service (CWS) helps U.S. communities that are ravaged by floods, wildfires and tornadoes. 

CWS collaborates in the same way globally, with local and indigenous agencies of all faiths, to respond quickly to communities suffering from natural disasters. CWS also works with partners in developing countries to bring an end to hunger in those areas. The “CROP” in the name of the walk stands for “Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.”

In addition, CWS works with refugees and internally displaced persons all over the world—places like Jordan and Iraq, where Syrians have fled from the violence of civil war.

3. Join the local CROP Hunger Walk

Participants in the CROP hunger walk recruit friends and members of their congregations to sponsor them as they walk. Registration and preliminary activities begin at 2:00 pm and participants will start walking at 3:00. The 5K route goes from Bledsoe-Miller Park (300 Martin Luther King Blvd), up the Brazos River Walk to the Herring Avenue bridge and across, down through the Pecan Bottoms of Cameron Park along University Parks Drive to the Washington Street bridge, and back to Bledsoe-Miller Park.

For those who don’t think they can walk for five kilometers (3.2 miles), there is a “Golden Mile” route. Fun prizes will be awarded to various walkers—including for Best Costume (for people or dogs).

4. You can help even if you can’t join the walkers

If you can’t participate in the walk, please consider sponsoring someone in your congregation. If you don’t have any sponsors, you can register on walk day and enclose whatever amount of money you can afford.

Another option for participation is the online "Walk on the Web" for registration and fundraising. It is easy and user-friendly. All you have to do to get started is go to www.cropwalkonline.org, click on “Texas” and then on “Waco” to get started.

For more information about the Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk, contact Katie Cook at Seeds of Hope 254/755-7745 or email seedseditor@clearwire.net.