“Because they walk, we walk” is the theme of the 32nd annual Church World Services CROP Hunger Walk on May 6. Sponsored by area churches through Ventures in Community (VIC) and starting at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria, the CROP Walk winds through the local community for 1.5 miles. Registration begins at 12:30 at St. Aidan’s, and the Walk begins at 1:30.
“Everyone is invited to participate in the CROP Walk, which raises funds to end hunger at home and around the world,” according to St. Aidan’s Walk captains Eric Stewart and Wynne Kelch. A quarter of the funds raised stay in this community, assisting United Community Ministries, New Hope Housing, and other local hunger-fighting initiatives. “The rest goes to countries where people have to walk miles a day to get their food, water, fuel, or medical care,” says Stewart.
Walkers on May 6 will return to St. Aidan’s for a celebration with music, snacks and juices available for a donation, and T-shirts and hats for sale. Last year’s Mt. Vernon CROP Hunger Walk raised $18,000 for the cause.
Join the walk by picking up a sponsor form, available at local churches, or by signing up online at www.cropwalkonline.org/alexandriava. Supporters who are unable to walk on May 6 can raise funds as “spirit walkers,” sponsor other walkers, make an online donation, or make a donation or purchase at the Walk itself.
The CROP Hunger Walk is a program of Church World Services, an interfaith response to disasters around the world since 1947.