Lusby Change the World CROP Hunger Walk to be held Oct. 15

September 29, 2011

Looking to make a difference in these trying times, the Lusby Change the World CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Saturday, October 15 beginning at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 8:00 a.m. and walk about a mile. While short, the walk is a journey into learning about the ravages of hunger in our community and around the world. Organizers have set a goal of 30 walkers and hope to raise $4,500 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and throughout the world, through self-help initiatives.  A portion of the funds raised in Lusby will go to the hunger fighting work of SMILE food pantry.

This is the first Lusby Change the World CROP Hunger walk organized by St. Paul United Methodist Church members with hopes of doing it annually. Already four community teams have formed and $1,225 has been raised. Walkers will set out from St. Paul’s UMC and walk up H.G. Trueman road to SMILE Food Pantry and back.

This year the Lusby community 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 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 CROP Hunger Walks.

There are 12 food pantries in Calvert County and over 10,000 families in need utilize them every day according to endhunger.org. According to the Southern Maryland Food Bank, they distributed over 600,000 pounds but fell short, by about 120,000 pounds, of meeting the current demand of its member sites.

Haiti is one part of the world where CROP Hunger Walks are making a big difference.  In the aftermath of the killer earthquake, Church World Service 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 recover.

For more information about the Lusby Change the World CROP Walk, contact Joyce Smith at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lusby at (410) 326-4475 Lusby.

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