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Local CROP walks raise $165K for hunger

The Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) walks in Central New York have raised $6,000 to $7,000 more than last year, according to regional director Douglas J. Anderson.

The walks were held Sunday afternoon across the four counties of CNY and 3,210 walkers raised over $165,000.

See below for a breakdown of earnings by county and community.

The event is a walk to represent those locally and around the world that must walk to find food, water, shelter or other reasons. Participants walk in solidarity with their struggle.

"CROP walkers walk to model what 3/4 of humanity must do every day simply to survive, walking for water, firewood to cook a meal, walking as a refugee to survive, or walking to market goods, walking to school in a distant village or walking to a distant medical clinic. Here in the USA, many people walk to neighborhood food pantries and feeding sites if they do not have a car," Anderson said. "CROP walks are fun, but they demonstrate what people are doing daily around the world as we walk in solidarity with them."

The walks, held in CNY since 1977 have raised over $3.5 million. The CROP walks are committed to combating hunger and poverty on a local and world level, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to local food pantries and other local organizations. That translates to about $875,000 over the last 32 years.

In the city of Syracuse, the proceeds will go to the Interreligous Food Consortium, whose network of about 70 pantries and feeding sites feeds about 1.5 million meals a year a city with a 30 percent plus poverty rate and where 74 percent fo students are eligible for free or reduced lunches in the schools.

"As Regional Director, I think the fact that 3,210 walkers have walked to demonstrate their concern for hunger as an issue is a strong showing," Anderson said. "Despite this challenging financial time nationally, ordinary people have shown that they understand they can make a difference for others, that individual volunteerism is important. $165,000 for any issue is an impressive amount and this figure reflects strong commitment for this cause of assisting Church World Service in helping to end hunger globally and locally."

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