Wittenberg Holds Annual CROP Walk To Fight Hunger Sept. 30
Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University’s proud tradition of educating active and engaged students who serve their community continues when the Weaver Chapel Association (WCA) leads the annual CROP Hunger Walk on campus, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.
The CROP Hunger Walk, a ministry of Church World Services (CWS), is organized by students in the WCA and their advisor, Matevia Endowed Pastor Rachel Tune. The event not only raises money to fight hunger at home and around the world, it provides an opportunity to raise awareness of hunger issues and the work of CWS/CROP.
“There has been a CROP walk on campus since 1988,” Tune said. “Monies raised have ranged from $300 to $2,500 per walk, and in recent years 80-120 walkers participate annually. Not all raise money, but even just having people participate raises awareness and helps us to know our community.”
CROP began in 1947, and today more than 2,000 communities across the United States participate in more than 1,600 CROP Hunger Walks each year. In addition, more than 5 million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.
Participants may sign up in advance, with registration beginning on the day of the event at 1:30 p.m. at the stage on Alumni Way, outside the Benham-Pence Student Center. The walk begins on Alumni Way and the planned 3.5-mile route follows Fountain Avenue south along the renovated Esplanade and the Clark County Historical Society to the First Baptist Church in the South Fountain Historic District. It continues east to Limestone Street and north past the old South High School, before heading back to campus and usually takes a little more than an hour to complete.
Registration envelopes are available at the student center information desk from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. outside the Center Dining Room, and at Weaver Chapel. All walkers must register, and all envelopes must be returned at the end of the event, whether or not funds are raised.
Everyone is invited to participate in the CROP Hunger Walk, either by walking, or by using a stroller, wheelchair or other assistance. Bicycles are discouraged as the walk joins in solidarity with those whose only option for transportation is to walk – CROP’s theme is “we walk because they walk.”
CWS has shown that funds of “$150 can provide three farm families with everything they need to make succulent, nutritious and marketable honey — training, hives, equipment, and $500 can provide 4,000 pounds of food for a local food bank or provide up to 400 meals in a soup kitchen.”
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds are donated to the local Second Harvest Food Pantry, with the other 75 percent going to initiatives throughout the world through CWS, a coalition of more than 30 Christian denominations.
In addition, students will promote the walk by giving out trail mix (“Follow the trail to the CROP walk…”) Sept. 19 in Hollenbeck Hall.
The goal of increasing awareness about hunger has resulted in weekday chapels focused on several issues concerning the problem – on Thursday, Sept. 20, Amanda Croasmun, class of 2015 from Charleston, WV, will speak on the Myths about Hunger, and on Tuesday, Sept. 25, Professor of History and Director of African & Diaspora Studies Scott Rosenberg will speak about hunger and deeper issues that relate to hunger particularly in his area of specialty in Africa.
There is also a blog page with more personal information about the Wittenberg event at http://wittenbergcropwalk.blogspot.com/, which was designed by Tiffany Puff, class of 2015 from Wapakoneta, Ohio.
“If someone can’t walk, they can either donate to another walker or become a “Spirit Walker” and raise funds themselves,” Tune said. “The link to the Wittenberg page is http://www.churchworldservice.org/site/TR/2012FallCROPHungerWalk/TR-Fall2012?pg=entry&fr_id=15256, and links are included to donate or to sign up.”
Written By: Phyllis Eberts