Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk goes virtual!

  • Walkers at the Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk walk in spirit with those who must walk to get water to wash their hands, to find food for their families or to have a safe place for their children.Laura Cerretani

    Walkers at the Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk walk in spirit with those who must walk to get water to wash their hands, to find food for their families or to have a safe place for their children.Laura Cerretani

 
Submitted by Linda Osikowicz
Updated 9/2/2020 8:25 AM

Over the past 50 years, tens of thousands of walkers cross the country have raised more than $500 million through the annual CROP Hunger Walk. In the 37 year history of Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk, over 13,270 walkers have raised over $1.56 million.

This year, to keep everyone safe and healthy, we are introducing our VIRTUAL Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk. You are invited to walk "wherever you feel happy"--around your house, your block, or your favorite path. You can join our "send-off" at 1:00 on Sunday, Oct. 11 via Zoom or walk at a time good for you. Just ask friends and neighbors to support you as you walk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

We know the economic effects of the pandemic and have seen the human toll of the virus rise. But there's a secondary toll and the steps taken to mitigate the coronavirus are having their own impact. They're disrupting food systems and urban and rural supply chains; closing businesses; and limiting human mobility. The pandemic has created increased need for food and resources for our local agencies and around the world. So, while our walk may be virtual, the need is real.

It's easy to be a walker or a sponsor. Walkers may sign up online at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/barringtonil. Sponsors may look for their favorite walkers, team, or just make a donation to the Walk via credit card or PayPal and a receipt will be sent through email for tax purposes.

Your support will help Church World Service continue to address this food crisis by helping more families grow food at home; providing maternal and child health services; and investing in water, sanitation and hygiene. Twenty-five per cent of the funds raised stays in our area benefiting the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the FISH Food Pantry--Carpentersville, BACOA Meals With Wheels, Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry, United Partnership for a Better Community Summer Lunch Program in Wauconda, Project HOPE, and the People in Need program of the Barrington Area Ministerial Association.

St. Anne Catholic Community is the host church this year; the co-chairs are Laura Cerretani and Paul Kalmes. For information, contact Laura Cerretani, at (847) 842-9629, ldcerretani@gmail.com.

In 2019, the Barrington Area Walk raised over $45,000, making it the 20th highest in the country. It is hoped that this year, when the need is so great, will be our virtually best year ever!

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