PDT Staff Writer
Walkers will be gearing up for the 2012 Scioto County Crop Walk set for Sunday, Oct. 21, at Tracy Park. Registration will begin at 1:45 p.m. and the walk will start at 2:30 p.m.
The CROP Walks began in 1947 under an organization called Church World Service, which was founded in 1946. CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program.
Today, CROP Hunger Walks are conducted in communities across the country, as well as other events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger.
The Scioto County Crop Walk was established 21 years ago, and has raised $580,000 to date.
The present Scioto County Crop Walk Committee is composed of a diozen people.
According to Carolyn Pettit, the present Coordinator of the Scioto County Crop Walk Committee, the Scioto County Crop Walk in the second largest, next to the city of Dayton, in the state of Ohio.
Pettit attributes the high ranking of Scioto County’s Crop Walk to the generous people who reside in the area.
“We are one of the most successful walks in Ohio. We may be an economically depressed area, but we do so well because the people here are so generous. That says a lot about our community,” Pettit says.
The goal this year is to have 400 people to participate in the walk, and to raise a total of $30,000 in donations.
After the walk is complete, as is the custom, walkers will meet back up in Tracy Park, where there will be live entertainment performed by the Doug Parsley and The Crop Walkers band.
Fresh fruit and water and soft drinks will be provided to for those who participate in the walk.
The Crop Walk is a three-mile walk, but there is a one-mile walk for those who are not able to complete the three miles.
Any person that would like to help out with the Crop Walk, and is not able to walk may volunteer by helping to pass out t-shirts, or food, or offer assistance with the registration process.
Pettit has been involved with the Scioto County for 21 years, the number of years that it has been in existence, and said that helping out with this effort to eradicate hunger is paramount.
“The Crop Walk is important to me because I believe that hunger is a real problem, not only locally, but around the world. The Church World Service does an excellent job in addressing the issues of hunger, peace, and poverty,” Pettit said.
Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org