Sara Swanson

Still time to register for 2017 Manchester CROP Walk

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Previous Manchester CROP Walk. Photo courtesy of Lon Nordeen.

It is almost October and that means it is CROP Hunger Walk time! On October 1st from 1 to 3 pm, you can help feed people right here in our community by raising money for the Community Resource Center, Manchester Family Services and Manchester Senior Citizens Council. Starting at the Manchester United Methodist Church, you will have the option of walking 1 mile or 3 miles. To participate, find out if your church or organization has a CROP Walk team and join it, or call Marlene Uphaus at (734) 428-8403, or register at www.crophungerwalk.org/manchestermi. You can also choose to donate money to support a local team, like Bethel Church’s team for example, instead of registering to walk yourself.

In addition to feeding people locally, some of the money raised will used to help feed hungry people around the country and the world. Church World Service, the organization which sponsors CROP Hunger Walk is using money raised in previous walks to help people in Texas and Florida impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. You can also donate directly to their hurricane relief efforts by visiting cwsglobal.org/hurricanes.

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations and groups to raise funds to reduce hunger at home and around the world. A Manchester CROP Walk has been held every year since 1995 and local contributors have raised a total of nearly $124,000! Last year there were 75 walkers here in Manchester and 1100 CROP Walk events at sites around the United States with 114,000 participants that raises $11 million dollars! Over the past 22 years the number of walkers and contributions has varied year to year but Manchester should be proud that its citizens have consistently supported this important cause!

Please support your neighbors in Manchester who rely on food assistance programs and other support. Partner with parents worldwide as they ensure a bright future for their children. Support those struggling in the face of grinding poverty and open up new doors of opportunity for them.

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