Hungry people and people living in poverty will get a helping hand Oct. 1 from the Webster County "Feed Me" Crop Walk.
"Every year the county churches join together to raise money," said the Rev. Bill Kerns, one of the organizers of the annual event. "The Crop Walk helps people get through their crisis, and a lot of money goes to helping people get on their feet, get jobs, education and health care."
A big change this year is changing the walk to a Saturday, Kern said. "The second big thing that's different, we're going to have a fundraiser at The Salvation Army from 7:30 to 9:30 that morning. If people don't want to walk, they can come for breakfast and give a donation. That's another way people can participate."
Nationally, the Crop Walk has been held since 1947, Kern said, though he's not just sure how long it's been going on in Webster County.
Of the money raised at the Crop Walk, 25 percent stays in Webster County, divided among The Salvation Army, the Lord's Cupboard and the Holy Trinity Food Pantry.
"People will have the chance to visit Holy Trinity, the Lord's Cupboard and The Salvation Army," Kern said. "That gives them a chance to see how that works and how many people they assist."
"We do have two longer routes," he said. "Most people don't do it. That takes you down to the Snell-Crawford trail, then you just go up to Williams Drive, then come back. For the more adventuresome, they can continue going on the Snell-Crawford Trail and take it out to Cold Storage."
The number of county churches involved in the Crop Walk varies year to year, but Kern said it has been anywhere from eight to 14. The number of walkers is usually 50 to 60.
"We're hoping with the change to Saturday we'll get more walkers," he said.
Kern said the formula for keeping 25 percent of funds locally and sending the rest for national and international use "is OK. From a biblical point of view, Jesus is clear about how we're to care for everyone."
The three anti-hunger and anti-poverty ministries to be helped by the Crop Walk are:
Salvation Army: The food pantry is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, the Compassionate Kitchen offers a noon meal Monday through Friday.
Lord's Cupboard: This food pantry, First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St., is open 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Holy Trinity Food Pantry: At Corpus Christi Parish Center, the pantry is opened 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday.
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