Friday October 19, 2012

Residents from communities all over Western Massachusetts will put on their walking shoes to help eradicate hunger and poverty around the world and around the block by participating in one of 10 CROP Hunger Walks to be held on Sunday, Oct. 21.

CROP stands for "Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty." CROP Hunger Walks raise money for local food pantries and other hunger and poverty-fighting programs both here at home and around the world, where the money helps communities affected by natural disasters and provides long-term recovery and sustainable development to help lift people out of poverty.

Walkers of all ages from Dalton, Franklin County (Bernardston), Granby/South Hadley, the Hilltowns (Southampton), Ludlow, Northern Berkshire County (Williamstown), Ware, Westfield, Wilbraham/Hampden and Greater Springfield will walk to raise money and awareness for people all around the world who must walk for food, water, firewood, and safety, and to meet their basic needs.

For more information about any of these Western Massachusetts CROP Walks, and how to get a school or congregation involved, call Church World Service New England in Ludlow at (413) 583-8355, or find a walk online at