|Isotopes mascot Orbit is often seen at the CROP Walk|
The Albuquerque CROP Walk is just one of many hunger walks scheduled in communities around the state this year. Groups in Curry County, the Four Corners,, Las Vegas and Gallup already held their hunger walks in the past few weeks, and others are scheduled in Los Alamos, Las Cruces and Carlsbad in October and November. A group in Roswell plans to have a CROP Walk in that community in southeastern New Mexico this spring. See full New Mexico schedule
|St. Paul Lutheran Church walkers (Photo: Church World Service)|
Many churches around the city have served as starting and ending points for the local CROP Walk, including Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Central United Methodist Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Second Presbyterian Church, First Congregational Church, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and others..One year the CROP Walk was held on the Albuquerque West Side, but I don't recall which church was the starting point. This year, the walk will take place in the northern part of town,with participants leaving Holy Cross Lutheran Church (6901 Wyoming Blvd.) and walking 3.3 miles around the perimeter trail of Albuquerque Academy and Hoffmantown Church. Registration begins at 1:15 p.m., with the walk starting at 2:00 p.m. There will be a soup dinner at 4:00 p.m. For more information contact Judy Gibbs
Participants are raising money two ways, 1) through direct appeals to their friends, neighbors and fellow church member and online. Online donations stood at more than $4,000 as of Oct. 21. Click here to donate online Register online (You can walk with a church or organization or as an individual). Last year, participants--including more than 25 faith communities and businesses--raised $23,768.00, almost a 30% increase over 2012 Will there be another increase this year? One-fourth of the money raised stays in the community, with funds donated this year to the Rio Grande Food Project and Project Share. The other 75% of the funds will help CWS anti-hunger and disaster relief efforts in our country and around the globe.