(Ernest Traunt, Oct. 1, 2013)
The annual CROP Hunger Walk comes to Birmingham and Ferndale on Sunday, Oct. 6 to raise money to feed the poor.
In Ferndale, several area churches, including Drayton Avenue Presbyterian, Ferndale Assembly of God, First United Methodist, St. James Catholic, St. Luke’s Episcopal and Zion Lutheran are joining together to take part in the 28th Ferndale Area CROP Hunger Walk.
Looking to make a difference in these trying times, they have set a goal of 75 Walkers and hope to raise $11,250.00 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised here in Ferndale will go to the Zion Lutheran Food Pantry and Forgotten Harvest, with the remaining funds going to Church World Service (CWS) to provide worldwide assistance.
Last year, 61 Walkers raised more than $10,000 in the Ferndale Area CROP Hunger Walk.
This year 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 CROP Hunger Walks.
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, to make a donation or to join the Ferndale Area CROP Hunger Walk, you can visit www.crophungerwalk.org/ferndalemi or contact Reverend Jim Maxwell at 248.541.5497.
To get involved in the Birmingham/Bloomfield CROP Hunger Walk visit www.crophungerwalk.org/birminghammi.