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Walk, or run, for hunger

Posted: September 3, 2010 5:38 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2010 5:30 a.m.

It’s called the “CROP Walk” but if you’re the running type, don’t feel limited.

The point is to travel 4.5 miles on foot to battle poverty and hunger.

The 14th annual Community Walk for the Hungry takes off at 9 a.m. Monday from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The CROP, or Communities Reaching Out to People, Walk is sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council.

The majority of funds raised benefit Church World Service, which sponsors the CROP walks. The organization is dedicated to eradicating hunger and poverty and promoting peace.

“They don’t just drop a tractor on a community,” said George McCleary, local pastor and member of the Interfaith Council. “They don’t leave a community until it is self-sufficient.”

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds benefit local organizations, including the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter, the SCV Food Pantry and the Church of Hope’s food bank.

More than $120,000 has been raised by this project locally since 1997.

Despite the Labor Day holiday, the council is hoping for a good turnout of those wanting to lend a foot, or two, for charity.

“Some people just go right through, some people walk really fast and others take their time,” said McCleary, pastor of Church of Hope in Canyon Country.

“It doesn’t matter, it’s a leisurely thing,” he said.

Walk participation cost ranges from $25 to $200.

For more information regarding participation as a walker or corporate sponsor, contact St. Stephen’s at (661) 259-7307 or visit the Church World Service website at



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