Community hopes to fight hunger #045; one step at a time

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 3, 2005

People can do more than get from point A to point B by walking, they can fight hunger.

Crop Walk is a nationwide effort sponsored by the Church World Service to end world hunger.

"I think it's a good program," said Ellen Kesterson, Lawrence County/Ironton Area Crop Walk Committee member. "It's good for the community to get involved in this."

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The walk not only helps the world hunger fight, it contributes to the local fight, too.

"What is great about it is that we get to share in what we do because one quarter of the money comes back here," said Wayne E. Young, pastor of First United Methodist Church.

Twenty-five percent of the money raised goes to participating Ironton food pantries. The other 75 percent goes to the rest of the world.

Young said this year's goal is to raise at least $5,000 dollars.

To meet that goal, there need to be walkers and people to sponsor them.

"We have a hard time finding people to get involved," Kesterson said. "We'd like to get more young people interested."

The official length of the walk is five miles but participants can join in at any point, Young said.

He said if people do not want to walk they can sponsor someone who is or make a donation.

The Crop Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Moulton Field, where it will also end. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Donations can be made to Crop Walk in care of First United Methodist Church.