Crop Walk raises $1,500 to fight hunger

Participants in the annual Crop Hunger Walk make their way around Marion County Lake Oct. 5. The 55 walkers, mostly from Marion and Hillsboro, raised $1,500 with more to come, for Church World Service to fight hunger. Don Ratzlaff / Free PressThe amount of walkers at this year?s Crop Hunger Walk at the Marion County Park and Lake Oct. 5 was up this year, said Donna Kreut?ziger, one of the coordinators.

?We had 55 walkers and probably have raised $1,500 with more still coming in,? she said.

The purpose of the walk is to support the ministry of Church World Service, especially the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of partner agencies in more than 80 countries, according to information about the program.

Typically the event is the last Sunday of September, Kreutziger said, but Hillsboro and Marion opted to do their walk on the first Sunday in October, which is also World Communion Sunday.

One of the major reasons for waiting until the first weekend in October, she explained, was because of Old Settlers? Day weekend.

?We also had a first at this year?s walk,? she said, ?with the Marion School District?s FFA willing to match whatever students from different classes did,? she said.

?The total from other students was more than $300, and so FFA is going to match that bring the total to over $600.?

Kreutziger said the FFA group made up a big portion of the money raised Sunday.

For many years, Marion and Hillsboro have teamed up to raise money. with Kreutziger coordinating Marion walkers and Darlene Bartel coordinating Hillsboro. Both Bartel and Kreutziger wanted to thank the walkers and those who ?dug deep? into their pockets for this cause.

In addition to helping people around the world, 25 percent of the money brought in from Sunday?s walk stays in the county to support the Hillsboro and Marion food banks.

Kreutziger said she was also grateful for the ?beautiful day.?

For more information or to make donations to the food banks, call Kreutziger at 620-382-2931 or Bartel at 620-947-3009.

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