Annual CROP walk works ‘one step at a time’

The annual Bowling Green CROP Hunger Walk is set to be held on Oct. 12 at the Kiwanis Shelter in the
Bowling Green City Park with special live music performance by The Grande Royal Ukulelists of the Black
For those looking to make a difference, the Bowling Green CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 100 walkers
and hopes to raise more than $5,000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the
world, through self-help initiatives and 25 percent of the funds raised here will go to the Bowling
Green Christian Food Pantry.
Last year, 60 walkers raised more than $4,700 in their locally organized CROP Hunger Walk.
This year Bowling Green and some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith
community CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Ending hunger one step at a time."  Many of the
CROP walkers will be wearing  T-shirts, proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors
around the world who have to walk to live – as well as with the millions served by local food pantries,
food banks, and meal sites here in the U.S.
These local ministries share in the funds raised by the CROP walks. Originally formed as Christian Rural
Overseas Program, the Church World Service organization which conducts the walks continues to use the
acronym as it has become a significant part of social services.
Haiti is one part of the world where CROP Hunger Walks are making a big difference.  In the aftermath of
the killer earthquake, CWS was there with much-needed emergency assistance. With the recovery effort in
full swing, CWS is helping families and communities to rebuild homes, food supplies and livelihoods.
CROP Hunger Walks also play a role in the U.S., helping communities ravaged by floods and tornadoes to
For more information about the Bowling Green CROP Hunger Walk, contact Cathy Organ 419-605-7002 or Janet
Sorrells 419-575-5329.