For one day in October, hundreds of people will gather with the hope of ending starvation.
They’ll have raised money to help feed needy families around the world from Syria to Haiti to Serbia. Closer to home, their donations of canned soup, macaroni and cheese and canned vegetables will ensure people living in Johnson County get solid meals every day.
The participants of this year’s CROP Hunger Walk will come from nearly 30 different churches throughout central Indiana. Their goal is the same — to end world hunger.
The annual walk will be conducted on Franklin’s Greenway Trail on Sunday. Through donations of both money and canned food to the InterChurch Food Pantry, participants help their neighbors struggling to get food for their families. Money raised will also go to help mission projects supporting sustainable farming and food programs around the world.
The ultimate goal is to both bring attention to hunger issues in the community and eventually erase it as a problem.
“Hunger is such a silent issue. You don’t know which people around you might be hungry. With the economy the way it is now, it’s really important to bring it forward for people,” said John Dolon, regional director for walk organizer Church World Services.