Columbia CROP Hunger Walk raises around $8,800 so far
COLUMBIA – People gathered at The Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church Sunday to walk in a global and local fight against hunger.
The walk was part of a day two-day event, starting on Saturday with a 5k run at Twins Lake Recreation Area. Columbia CROP Hunger Walk Committee Treasurer David Finke said the annual walk attracts people from a variety of backgrounds.
“It’s not just Christian denominations,” Finke said. “We have a large Hindu population participating, Buddhists, Jewish people walking, it’s truly moving to see.”
Wendy’s, Noodles & Company and Shakespeare’s Pizza are all participating in a profit share with the Columbia CROP Hunger Walk Committee. Finke said after all of the money comes in, they hope to reach around $12,000.
Seventy-five percent of the money will go toward fighting hunger worldwide through Church World Service while the rest is raised for local hunger efforts. Four organizations will receive funds in Columbia: the Russell Chapel Food Pantry, Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, the Latter House Kingdom Ministries and the Fifth Street Christian Church.
Committee member Cleo Kottwitz said he has been involved with the walk for years and that it has an emotional impact on most of the people working and participating.
“As a retired pastor, I feel it as a fulfilling part of my life,” Kottwitz said. “Seeing all of these people coming together to help the community, and the world, is something I can’t get enough of.
Finke said they still expect more money to come in from other donors and different entities in the next few days.