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How Far Did You Go for Your Last Meal?

Proceeds from Moorestown's annual CROP Walk Sunday benefit global charities, as well as food banks right here at home.

For most of us, our next meal is as far away as a short trek to the fridge or the pantry.

But for those suffering from hunger in less fortunate parts of the world, they may have to walk great distances—miles even—for food and drinking water.

In recognition of that struggle, about 100 people will participate in the annual Moorestown CROP Walk Sunday, which has been held here for more than 30 years, according to coordinator Linda Toepel.

—one of more than 1,600 CROP Walks held nationwide—raised roughly $15,000 through online donations and the walk itself (money raised by participants through per-mile pledges), Toepel said.

The event, sponsored by eight local churches, regularly attracts more than 100 walkers, she said. Proceeds benefit Church World Service, a Christian ministry organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty, as well as local food banks.

“It’s a very worthwhile cause,” said Toepel. “It has a global, as well as local, impact, and I think that’s meaningful for people.”

The walk begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the . Participants should register and sign in beginning at 1.

The full walk is a five-mile scenic course through Moorestown, with optional three-mile and one-mile routes for those who prefer a shorter walk.

Anyone wishing to participate should contact Toepel at ptoepel@comcast.net or at 856-235-0883. She said advance registration is preferable, but walkers can register the day of.

Those who simply want to make a donation can either pledge donations for a walker or contribute through the Moorestown CROP Walk website.

John K May 03, 2012 at 12:40 PM
This is the link where people can make a donation on-line at the Moorestown CROP Walk's secure web site: www.cropwalkonline.org/moorestownnj Also, further information about the event can be found at this related Patch link: http://moorestown.patch.com/events/moorestown-2012-crop-walk-for-hunger The need is great and it's a cause worthy of your support!

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