The walk serves as a fundraiser to combat hunger locally and worldwide. Money raised by participants through per-mile pledges as well as contributions from the public support programs of Church World Service (www.churchworldservice.org ), a joint Christian ministry organization of 37 different denominations.
It also supports local food banks in their fight against hunger in Moorestown and the surrounding communities.
The walk begins at Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church, located at 318 Chester Avenue, at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.
Water and bathroom facilities will be available at checkpoints along the walk, and there will be refreshments for the walkers when they return to the church.
Walkers have options of five-mile, three-mile and one-mile courses, each meant to represent the reality that so many people in the world face who must walk many miles each day to obtain food and drinking water.
Currently, well over 2,000 communities across the United States join in more than 1,600 CROP Hunger Walks each year.
More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.
Since 1974, the local walk has raised $545,908, with $133,125 donated to support hunger related programs in Moorestown.
In addition to providing emergency food supplies and hunger relief, CROP Walk funds also pay for resources that help enable people to meet their own needs.
This includes seeds, agricultural tools, wells and water systems, technical training, and micro-enterprise loans.
Residents can register for the walk by contacting an individual church coordinator in one of the sponsoring Moorestown congregations: Trinity Episcopal, First United Methodist, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, St. Matthew’s Lutheran, Bethel A.M.E. or Friends Meeting.
Those who are unable to walk can pledge tax-deductible donations to one of the walkers or make an online donation at cropwalkonline.org. Any funds donated by the end of April will be matched.
For further information, contact Event Coordinator Mae Trebing, of Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church, at email@example.com or 609-239-4942.