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Cazenovia prepares for CROP WALK

Annual fundraiser to benefit food pantries, meal programs

Diane Clark, CROP WALK chairperson, prepares promotional signs to urge community members to join the walk for the hungry at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Diane Clark, CROP WALK chairperson, prepares promotional signs to urge community members to join the walk for the hungry at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Janet S. Munro

— With new statistics revealing that one in seven people in the world are hungry, and half are children, Church World Services is determined to solve this daunting hunger problem.

Crop Hunger Walks can aid families and communities overcome the scourge of hunger according to Rev. John L. McCullough, executive director and CEO of Church World Services. His goal is to cut in half these startling statistics by 2015.

Diane Clark, local chairperson, has organized the Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Walk for Sunday, Oct. 16, to start from St. Peter’s Church at 12 Mill St.

Registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the walk will start at 1:30 p.m.

Walkers can obtain sponsor envelopes from all of the local churches. If you cannot walk, then be a sponsor. Both are needed.

Up to 25 percent of the money raised will return to local food pantries and meal programs. Caz Cares, a local recipient, serves 150 families a month.

“The mission of Caz Cares is food; it is set up for people who have food insecurity because of limited budgets and cannot survive the month,” said Caz Cares Director Gigi Redmond. “It prevents them from having to choose between food and other bills.”

Ending hunger one step at a time is not only desperately needed but can be fun. Join other concerned participants in Cazenovia on Oct. 16.

Help the 963 million people who go to bed hungry every night.

Janet Munro is volunteer publicist for the CROP WALK Committee.

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