August 9, 2012
Walking can be more than a healthy exercise; it can help feed the hungry.
The Schenectady Inner City Ministry on Thursday, Aug. 9, announced its annual CROP Hunger Walk this year raised nearly $51,000, which is an event allowing neighbors to walk together to help end hunger throughout the world. Funds raised from the May walk, sponsored by the Church World Serve and SICM, go towards international and local efforts.
Locally, 25 percent of funds are given to food pantries, Community Crisis Network, Catholic charities and senior meals. The remaining funds are donated to national and international hunger-fighting relief, self-help development and refugee resettlement needs. Also, CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) walks helps support a multi-year Africa initiative addressing HIV/AIDS.
Thrivent Financial, a faith-based not-for-profit, also matched funds raised by walkers from area Lutheran churches. This year, Thrivent donated $800 and it has offered the matching donation for several years, SICM officials said.
Donations can still be made to the CROP Treasurer Lorraine Poirier at the Key Bank office in downtown Schenectady.