Jefferson City walk raises awareness for local and world hunger
JEFFERSON CITY – The annual CROP Hunger Walk attracted over 100 people, walking to help alleviate hunger in Jefferson City and across the world.
The walk started at Lincoln University at 4 p.m. and stretched across a portion of the city, including around the Capitol building. Pastor David Henry of the First Presbyterian Church said the walk has been taking place for longer than he has been with the church.
“I’ve been here for 15 years, and I know it has been going on for many years before I came,” Henry said.
The theme of this year’s walk was “Ending hunger one step at a time.” Henry said the walkers certainly had that in their minds Sunday afternoon.
“They know what they’re here to walk for, know that it’s a way to help combat the reality of hunger here and throughout the world,” Henry said. “The students, and others walking, are doing great to make that connection to reality.”
Seventy-five percent of the money raised will go toward fighting hunger worldwide through Church World Service and the rest will be allocated to organizations that fight hunger in Jefferson City. Henry said efforts such as this walk have made enormous beneficial impacts on the community.
“When I came to Jefferson City, we were giving out around 15 bags of groceries a month,” Henry said. “Now, we’re providing close to 130, 140 a month.”
The church is in the process of calculating how much money was raised in this year’s walk. Last year, they raised over $5,000 and set a goal of $6,000 for this year.