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Walkers in Franklin Co. raise money to fight hunger

October 17, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Eighty-five people set out Sunday afternoon with the goal of raising several thousand dollars for local, national and international hunger programs at Sunday's annual CROP WALK in Chambersburg.

The group, ranging from children and parents pushing strollers to senior citizens, followed a 3.1-mile route through the downtown having raised pledges from people to complete the walk. Bea Renner of Chambersburg, who attends the Marion (Pa.) First United Methodist Church, said she had little trouble raising $197 for the walk.

"We announced it in church and people came up and just handed us the money," she said. Alyshia West, one of several members of the church at the walk, said she raised $122.

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Renner said she has participated in many walks over the years in Littlestown, Pa., and Carlisle, Pa., before moving to Chambersburg and recalled when the walks were 10 miles.

A group of 10 walkers from Fourth Street Church of the Brethren in Chambersburg raised $670.

The Rev. Peter Emig of Solomon's United Church of Christ in New Franklin, Pa., said final figures on the amount raised were not available Sunday, but the goal of this year's walk was $8,000. Whatever the final figure, he said one third will be distributed locally to Migrant Ministries, The Salvation Army and the Chambersburg Area Food Pantry.

Another third will go to national hunger programs, and the final third to international hunger and poverty programs, Emig said.

CROP WALK is sponsored by Church World Service, a relief, development and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations in the United States, according to the Church World Service Web site. The walks have raised $150 million in the past 10 years, according to the organization.

The Web site stated that Church World Service assists programs in 80 countries and, according to a 2003 U.S. Department of Agriculture study, more than 11 percent of American households lacked sufficient food at some point during the year.

Typically, the Chambersburg walk attracts 100 or more participants, Emig said, but the number has been down the past couple of years.

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