This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Moscow-Pullman CROP Hunger Walk — a national event supported by more than 2,000 communities nationwide.
The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to help local and global efforts to end hunger.
This year, the communities will participate in the six-mile walk Oct. 6 in Pullman. The walk will begin at 1:30 p.m., at the Chipman Trailhead on Bishop Boulevard in Pullman.
Walkers, runners, bikers and roller-bladers will meet at the trailhead and travel through downtown to the bridge by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories where they will turn around and head back to the start.
Money is raised by participants seeking sponsors to donate to the cause. Envelopes for cash or check donations can be found at many local churches and organizations. Donations will also be accepted at the event and 25 percent of the proceeds will fund efforts to stop hunger locally.
Donations will support community organizations such as the Moscow Food Bank, Community Action Center and the Pullman Child Welfare Food Bank. The rest will go to the Church World Service, who is the sponsors of the nationwide CROP walks and an organization committed to ending hunger and providing aid all over the world.
CWS provides food and water as well as tools and skills for communities to overcome hunger permanently.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the walk regardless of sponsorship.
The Moscow-Pullman CROP walk is organized by community members, local churches and organizations.
The primary organizer this year is Nathan Weller, the chair of the Poverty Awareness Task Force and a member of the board for Backyard Harvest.
“Personally, I’ve been extremely interested in hunger awareness and assistance ever since I was extremely young,” Weller said. “I ended up when I was younger — about 15 — I volunteered to go down to New Mexico … built houses and handed out food. And ever since then I’ve been extremely aware of the need not in our own area but around the world. There’s a need locally and globally, and it’s been really important to me … (The CROP Walk is a) great way to combat hunger and poverty locally and globally, and we look forward to seeing all ages at the walk, and we welcome everybody.”
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