BALDWIN — Brightly colored umbrellas could be seen and feet splashing in rain puddles could be heard in downtown Baldwin as 45 area residents walked to advocate for those facing hunger.

Nine area churches and organizations were represented in the eighth annual Crop Hunger Walk on Saturday. More than $7,500 was raised. The event, sponsored by World Church Services, was locally hosted by Baldwin Congregational Church.

The Bread of Life Pantry was the recipient of more than $1,800 of the proceeds, constituting 25 percent of the funds collected. The rest of the funds will be split between regional, national and international hunger ministries at 25 percent each.

“The mission starts at home, we’re starting here, and we expand that mission because Jesus told us to walk with everybody,” said Bruce Whitney, pastor of Baldwin Congregational Church. “Every dollar, every penny counts. We walk today because some people have to walk for their food and water, so we get to do that.”

Bread of Life Food Pantry members won the golden shoe award, for the most walkers participating in the event — more than 20. The Baldwin Congregational Church came in second with the number of participants.

“This opportunity that we had today gives us a chance to make a difference in this community as well as around the world and Jesus calls us to do just that. We did great today,” said Lynne Mills, of the Bread of Life Pantry.