The 2018 CROP Walk in Beatrice will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 and begin at Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 12:30 p.m.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by the Beatrice Ministerial Association to raise funds to end hunger locally and around the world. CROP stands for Christian Rural Overseas Program.
The program's primary mission was to help Midwestern farm familie share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia. They have outgrown the acronym, but retain it as the historic name of the program.
“Our churches in the United States haven’t done a great job of recognizing hunger as a global sin issue," said Tim Amor, pastor of Beatrice Mennonite Church and walk committee member. "There are more than enough Christians to solve this problem, but it’s uncomfortable to talk about.
“I grew up in an area of Toronto where we had to go to a different area of town to look for poverty. That is not the case here,” said Amor.
Committee member Mary Beth Tuttle of the Holmesville Church of the Brethern said there are 14 million children in the country that live in food-insecure homes, where families cannot afford to buy adequate food for every person in the household. In Gage County 16 percent of the children live in poverty, Tuttle said.
“We want to be a part of the solution and are taking the next step by helping sponsor the CROP Walk," said committee member Kathee Forrest, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
The walk starts at Holy Cross and goes to the Salvation Army and back - about 2 miles in total.
“It’s also just a fun community event for the entire family," said Rachel Irvine of the Salvation Army. "We can get out for some fresh air and exercise. It’s a family tradition for us.”
According to committee members, 25 percent of the proceeds stay local.
“We believe we can stop hunger in our lifetime,” said Forrest.
For more information on pledging, raising funds or walking you can contact Lt. Joseph Irvine at the Salvation Army at 402-223-3341.