Crop Hunger Walk this Saturday
BALDWIN — This Saturday, community organizations and individuals will come together to make a difference during the eighth annual Lake County Crop Walk.
The event is hosted by the Baldwin Congregational Church, 870 Beech Street, where the event will start and finish with a short walk through downtown Baldwin. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Bread of Life Food Pantry during the registration. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m.
There will be a support car for those who have trouble walking.
“Last year was a banner year, having 12 participating congregations and organizations with 84 participants, and raising a record $7,361,” said Bruce Whitney, pastor of Baldwin Congregational Church. “Church World Service, a nondenominational Christian ministry, coordinates more than 8,000 Crop Hunger walks in the U.S. using the funds to address hunger ministries across the globe.”
Money raised from crop walk events are divided four-ways, with 25 percent staying in participating communities, 25 percent going toward regional ministries, 25 percent for national ministries and another 25 percent for worldwide ministries.
“Last year, $1,840 was returned to Baldwin and dedicated to the Bread of Life Food Pantry. The pantry is our Lake County Area Churches Charities ministry serving more than 3.000 family units and providing more than 8,000 bags/boxes of groceries each year,” Whitney added. “I encourage everyone to pray for the walkers, organizers, participants and most of all, the recipients of the many hunger ministries served by CWS and their ministries.
“Come and join us as we walk. We walk in conjunction with those who cannot walk and those who must walk, sometimes miles for water and food. If you cannot walk, come and cheer those who can and do. Finally, give, if you can support the Crop Hunger Walk with your dollars. Encourage your congregation to participate, or organize a team yourself. Let us all minister together in the name of Jesus who prays for us, walks with us and gave us His all.”