Big Rapids Area CROP Hunger Walk set for Sunday

FUNDING FOOD: Volunteer Mary Jo Proctor loads a wagon with a supply of food for a family of four at Project Starburst on Tuesday. Project Starburst and the Third Avenue United Methodist Church free lunch program will benefit from the proceeds of the Big Rapids Area CROP Hunger Walk, set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

FUNDING FOOD: Volunteer Mary Jo Proctor loads a wagon with a supply of food for a family of four at Project Starburst on Tuesday. Project Starburst and the Third Avenue United Methodist Church free lunch program will benefit from the proceeds of the Big Rapids Area CROP Hunger Walk, set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

BIG RAPIDS — When a growling stomach indicates hunger, many people simply head for the kitchen to fix a sandwich. For some, however, the kitchen is bare.

To help fight hunger both locally and worldwide, the 31st annual Big Rapids Area CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 4, in Big Rapids.

“The student American Marketing Association is promoting the walk on campus and various church and community groups are working on it also. It’s a campus and community combined project,” said Laura Dix, walk organizer.

Registration is at 1:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m. on the Ferris State University campus at the Interdisciplinary Resource Center, where Starbucks is located. This year’s goal is for 200 walkers to raise $31 each, Dix said.

“Last year, we raised just under $12,000,” she added. “Because it’s our 31st walk, we’re challenging all the walkers to raise at least $31. That doesn’t feel like a huge goal when you’re talking to indiviuals. We want to raise $12,000 or more, but we decided for our 31st walk to really talk about the number of walkers and raise awareness.”

Two routes are availabe, the shorter being two miles long and the longer being four and a half miles long. Both routes begin and end at the IRC building on campus.

CROP Hunger Walks are sponsored nationwide by CWS Global, formerly known as Church World Services, Dix said. Of the money raised in the events, 25 percent stays in the local community and 75 percent goes toward CWS efforts to combat hunger worldwide.

Locally, the programs benefitting from the Big Rapids walk are Project Starburst and the Third Avenue United Methodist Church free lunch program, Dix said.

For Project Starburst, CROP walk funds are used to purchase food, said Diane Long, executive director of Project Starburst. The emergency food pantry has been the recipient of CROP walk proceeds for several years.

Last year, Project Starburst received $1,892.92; in 2013, $2,586.19; and in 2012, $3,018.22. Each month, the agency spends about $4,000 to $5,000 on food, which equates to about 8,000 pounds.

“When you’re serving 350 families in a month, it makes sense,” Long said. “Still, it’s overwhelming sometimes, the amount of food we go through.”

Anyone wishing to participate can contact Dix by phone at (231) 591-2795 or by email at dixl@ferris.edu for a registration packet and donation envelopes or come to the IRC building on the day of the walk. Participants also can register online at the Big Rapids walk page, http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/site/TR/2015CROPHungerWalk/TR-CHW2015?fr_id=21031&pg=entry

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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