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Annual Crop Walk slated for Saturday

Walkers hoping to bring hunger awareness to world hunger will march through Ironton’s streets Saturday morning.

Ironton’s Sixth Annual Crop Walk will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday. In a press release, members of the Crop Walk Committee stated the five-mile walk will originate at Ironton Trails/Moulton Field, and participants will be assisted by Boy Scouts and law enforcement officers.

Steve Nierman, Pastor at the St. Paul Lutheran Church said the walk route will go through Railroad Street, make a circle around a part of the city and end back at Ironton Trails/Moulton Field. The walkers will also make a rest stop at St. Joe. In the past, as many as 70 people have participated in the walk, he said.

The walk is sponsored by Church World Services. Ellen Kesterson, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, said the organization assists people throughout the world by helping repair flooded areas and distributing food and other things that people need.

In a press release, the Crop Walk organizers stated the money will be used to educate individuals on how to cultivate their own food and land, how to establish and operate small businesses, and how to use their abilities and resources to become self-sufficient.

Nierman said he is hoping $5,000 will be raised, which was the amount raised every other year except for one when $6,000 was raised.

Also, 25 percent of the money raised by the Crop Walk will go to Lawrence County food pantries such as the city mission.

&uot;With the economy the way it is, the pantries get a lot of business,&uot; Nierman said. Amelia A. Pridemore/The Ironton Tribune