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CROP Walk raises funds to fight hunger

PENN YAN—While it wasn’t sunny, the overcast day Sunday, May 1, provided cool temperatures for the annual CROP Walk in Penn Yan.
The funds raised by this event go to local and international organizations to fight hunger. The goal this year was to raise $15,039.75, which was the same amount raised last year.  Sarah Stackhouse, organizer, explained that was the most money the event gathered in 30 years. However, this year’s smaller crowd of about 40 people still contributed under $14,000.
Stackhouse said participants include most of the local Penn Yan and Dundee churches, Keuka College, St. Michael’s School, Penn Yan Middle School, and Weight Watchers.  Treasurer Mickie Christiansen said people weren’t able to donate a lot of money this year.  However, she added no one she asked said no.
“They’d rather give something than nothing,” she said.
Participants doing the walk asked others for donations.  There were two routes: a five mile one and a one mile one.  Both took the walkers through Penn Yan, starting and ending at the Presbyterian Church.
Mary Nielsen, while stopping for a drink of water at Milly’s Pantry during the walk, said she was doing the walk because it’s a good cause.  Mary Ellen Griffiths, who was also with her, added she did the walk years ago with her daughter.
Stackhouse explained that 75 percent of the funds raised go to Church World Service.  She explained the money helps build safe drinking wells, or provides chickens, rabbits and goats for people in other countries.  Stackhouse said those people can then produce their own animals to keep for food or to sell.  She added Church World Service works with other groups that might already be in a country to offer a service in the best possible way.
The remaining 25 percent of money raised is split between the Penn Yan churches/Food for the Needy and the Dundee area churches/Dundee Area Youth Program.




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