2016 CROP walkers raise $6,366 for hunger
Forty walkers raised more than $6,366 in the 2016 CROP Hunger Walk held May 15 at Spokane Community College.
Moran United Methodist walker wears new T-shirt
The church with the most walkers was Moran United Methodist. The church raising the most money was St. Stephen’s Episcopal, and the individual raising the most money was Retta Nickell. They were awarded gift baskets from Christ Kitchen, said walk coordinator Randy Goss.
The Spokane CROP Hunger Walk, which started in 1979, was the first such walk in the Pacific Northwest, said Amber Blake, Church World Service regional coordinator in Seattle.
“CROP has a direct impact on response to hunger in a multifaceted way, overseas and locally,” she said.
Amber announced before the walk that over the years, Spokane’s walk has involved 88 unique organizations and raised more than $707,051.
Also speaking before the walk on Sunday, May 15, was Nate Osterholm, associated students director of student resources at Spokane Community College. He told of the CARE Center on campus for Community Awareness, Resources and Engagement, developed after a food and security survey at SCC.
The top 15 participating groups in 2015 were St. Stephen’s Episcopal and the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Moran and Audubon Park United Methodist, Millwood Presbyterian, North Hill and Country Homes Christian, Spokane Friends, St. Mark’s Lutheran and Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ churches.
Local recipients of 25 percent of the funds are Meals on Wheels and Family Promise. The rest goes to national and international hunger efforts.
This year, the local organizers created a T-shirt with an image of the Monroe Street Bridge.
The local sponsors for this year’s walk were Arby’s, Yaden Construction Specialties, Inc., Spokane Community College and R.W. Goss Construction, Randy said.
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