By Sue Moore
Seven area churches are participating in the South County CROP Hunger Walk on April 27, according to Brad Addis, local representative of this national and international effort to raise funds to provide food, medical care, disaster relief, and self-help development for needy people around the world.
This is the 20th annual walk in this area which has a goal of $13,500 for this year, he said. Last year, the event raised $12,674.
The walk will begin at the Vicksburg United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Besides the Vicksburg church, several other local churches are involved as well, said Addis. They are Climax United Methodist, Pleasant Valley United Methodist, Schoolcraft United Methodist, Scotts United Methodist Church, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, and First Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft. Vicksburg High School is also helping out with the Walk.
Last year, 100 area residents took part in the one-to-five mile course around the Village of Vicksburg.
But, there are other ways to participate, especially for those who aren’t up to that kind of mileage, Addis said. For example, it’s possible to sponsor a walker with a generous donation or be a volunteer helper on Walk Day.
The whole point is to “end hunger, one step at a time,” he said.
Although the walk encompasses more than just south Kalamazoo County, 25 percent of what is raised locally comes back to South County Community Services to help alleviate hunger locally through its food pantry. The agency is also a sponsor of the event.
For further questions and early registration, contact Brad Addis at 269-649-1328 or by email at email@example.com.