Walk with a purpose:

Organizers prepare for 30th annual CROP Walk Sunday
Sep. 23, 2013 @ 05:03 PM

Get ready to lace up your sneakers and run, walk or jog  to fight hunger - both locally and across the globe.
Open Door Ministries of High Point, in partnership with Church World Service, invites the public to walk for a purpose Sunday during the 30th annual CROP Hunger Walk.
“This is a way to help us locally, and globally, to fight hunger issues while bringing people together,” said Steve Key, executive director of Open Door Ministries. “A lot of the focus is placed on world hunger, with 75 percent of the funds raised going to Church World Services to address hunger needs around the world.”
The event will be held at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Drive, with registration opening at 3 p.m. The walk will kick off at 4 p.m. with one and three-mile routes available.
The goal for this year’s walk is to raise $37,500 and to have 750 walkers.
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 over 130,000 meals a year, and a nonperishable food pantry.
“A person dies every four seconds from hunger, so this is a big need in our world,” Key said. “We are proud to be an agency that coordinates and facilities an event that helps people. It is not just about giving people food but giving them the resources to get their own food and water.”
Key said that the walk also helps the community locally, with 25 percent going directly to Open Door Ministries.
“The funds help us provide food for those who are hungry and do not have enough money to meet their needs,” Key said. “Everyday we serve three meals a day, that is a big project and a big undertaking, but we work everyday to provide food for people in our community who have a need. The funds help us purchase some of the food that we use for those meals.”
The CROP Hunger walk recognizes that people from developing countries typically walk as much as 6 miles a day to get food, water and fuel. The walk’s purpose is to show solidarity with their struggle, internationally and locally.
“Hunger is something that is solvable. We are not scratching our heads to figure out how to do something we don’t know how,” Key said. “We know how to cure hunger. Its just a matter of giving people enough to eat and giving them the resources that they need to get their own food.”
For more information, contact Open Door Ministries at 336-885-0191 or visit www.odm-hp.org.
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