The 30th annual York County CROP Walk will kick off this month in York and Rock Hill. The York walk will begin with registration at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church on East Liberty Street in York. The walk begins at 3 p.m.
The Rock Hill CROP Walk will begin with registration and entertainment at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at Dinkins Student Center at Winthrop University. The walk will begin at 3 p.m. Participants can choose between a 10K walk or a one-mile mini walk.
Admission is a canned food donation for an area food pantry. For details on how to participate and donate, call the Rev. Narcie Jeter, 327-5640, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some fast facts about the annual CROP Walk:
• CROP means Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. The walk's goal is to bring the community together to help fight hunger and to provide relief to people in more than 80 countries, including the United States.
• The York County walk in Rock Hill was started in 1977 by the late Risher Brabham, a former Winthrop University campus minister. The York walk began in 2000.
• This year's theme is "30 Years and Still Walking." The goal is to raise $40,000. Last year, $34,500 was raised.
• An estimated 800 to 1,000 individuals participated in the Rock Hill walk last year, while some 200 to 250 walked in York. People of all ages participate in the annual event. Some are from churches, school clubs and local organizations.
• The York County CROP Walk has raised more than $478,000 over the past 29 years to feed individuals locally and around the world.
• Twenty-five percent of the money raised stays in York County to support Pilgrims' Inn, the York County Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels program and three emergency food pantries: HOPE in Rock Hill, PATH in York and the Fort Mill Care Center. Almost $120,000 has been distributed to the agencies.
Health care and hope
CROP Walk can do these things to benefit the hungry at $30 each:
• Purchase 20 Jerry Cans that communities hit by disaster or violence can use to carry clean water.
• Provice primary health care for nine months for a child-headed household in east Africa.
• Supply oral rehydration kits, made up of a mix of sugar, salt and clean water, for 33 children. Dehydration kills 2 million children a year in the developing world.
• Purchase six blankets for disaster response in the U.S. and elsewhere.
• Provide inexpensive seeds and garden tools for two families in places such as Uruguay, Kenya and other countries to help them to begin to support themselves.
• Offer hope to save those around the world who are struggling to survive.
Source: Church World Service International and the Rev. Narcie Jeter, coordinator of the York County CROP Walk events.