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Oxford Area CROP Hunger walk set for Oct. 19

09/09/2014 09:55PM ● By Lev

The Oxford Area CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Oct. 19 at Oxford Memorial Park, on Route 472 in Oxford. 

The 10- and 5-kilometer walks, and new one-mile walk, begin at 1:30 p.m. Check - in time at the park is 1 p.m.

The Hunger Walk has set a goal of 175 walkers, and organizers hope to raise $20,000 to help stop hunger and poverty through self-help initiatives.  A portion of the funds raised in the Oxford area will go to the food pantry of the Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center (NSC).

Last year, 150 walkers raised $16,385 in the Hunger Walk.  NSC assisted 1,421 area households with food during the past year.

This year, the Oxford area and surrounding southern Chester County communities and more than 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Ending hunger one step at a time."  Many of the walkers will be wearing  T-shirts, proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live -- as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks, and meal sites in the U.S.  These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.

Haiti is one part of the world where the walks are making a difference. In the aftermath of the killer earthquake, Church World Service was there with emergency assistance.  With the recovery effort in full swing, CWS is helping families and communities rebuild homes, food supplies and livelihoods.

CROP Hunger Walks also play a role in the U.S., assisting communities ravaged by floods and tornadoes. For more information, or for paperwork to participate in the walk, contact Jim Sumner (610-932-5438) or the Oxford Presbyterian Church office (610-932-9640).


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