Hundreds participate in annual CROP Walk to end hunger

Sep. 30, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

On a cool Sunday afternoon, hundreds of walkers and runners took  to the street to raise funds and awareness for those who battle with hunger.
Individuals from churches, schools, organizations and the greater High Point community participated in the 30th annual CROP Hunger Walk held by Open Door Ministries of High Point in partnership with Church World Service.
“This is a great awareness event. To have this many people come out, on a Sunday  afternoon, and walk for hunger,” said Steve Key, executive director of Open Door Ministries. “Hunger is one of those issues that doesn’t carry the same weight as fighting cancer, but hunger is something that we can do something about. There shouldn’t be anybody in High Point who goes to bed hungry. We are thrilled to have this many people out here to help us bring awareness to the issue.”
The event was held at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Drive. The walk kicked off at 4 p.m. and offered one- and three-mile routes for the 800 walkers in attendance.
First-time walker Courtney Best said that she decided to walk to help Open Door Ministries and the homeless community.
“It is about the only organization in our town that is providing shelter for homeless people,” Best said. “As we get into winter their shelter begins to overflow and their food gets gone in the kitchen. This event helps bring awareness to others.”
This is not 11-year-old Brianna Webb’s first time walking; however, she is excited to take part in the event again.
“I think it’s something that is important because walking for hunger helps feed people,” Webb said. “It feels good to make sure that they can get food.”
Donations from each walker will allow Open Door Ministries to continue serving the less fortunate and homeless through programs like the Father’s Table, which provides more than 130,000 meals a year, a nonperishable food pantry. | 888-3657