A beautiful day for a walk in Skaneateles

When was the last time you were hungry? What would it be like if you opened your pantry or cupboard and there was nothing there you could eat?

Most of us have never experienced anything like that, but there are many who face it all the time, daily.

"We are blessed to live in one of the richest, most abundant nations on earth but there are still people out there who don't have enough to eat, and they're starving," said Kitty Spinelli, organizer of the Crop Walk Against Hunger. The annual event in Skaneateles was held on a picturesque Sunday afternoon on Oct. 19 at the Community Center. "And all these people here, participating in this event, are doing something about it."

And 150-plus walkers made up of families and friends of all ages at this year's event weren't alone. For more than 32 years, Skaneateles residents, like others in surrounding communities have taken part in annual walks to benefit CROP, Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.

Organized in 1947, there are over 2,000 Crop walks annually in all 50 states. Locally there were walks in the past two months in Fulton, Weedsport, Pulaski as well 25 other walks in and around other CNY townships scheduled on this past Sunday; all raising thousands of dollars to combat hunger. Local hunger, too. Twenty five percent of money raised in Skaneateles, like the other towns, stays in the area to support local food pantries.

"It's been a tough year for our pantry, with the economy and the way things are going right now," Spinelli said. "Donations are down and the need is at an all time high. People are having a hard time just getting food on the table, good food."

Local churches and scouting organizations offered prizes for the most donations which were still coming in and being tallied on Sunday. The final total was not yet known as of Monday, but Spinelli estimated that it was up over last years final figure, which she admitted is always great news.

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