Rally kicks off 30th hunger walk

September 4, 2014

Carol Stuhr, CROP Walk Coordinator, shared her enthusiasm to stop hunger with recruiters and attendees at the rally on August 17th.  Stuhr reminded them of the goal of raising $15,000 and the theme “Thirty years of walking – meeting the challenge – racing to end hunger.  The 3-mile walk on Sunday, September 28 , will start at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 106 E. Wheaton, Clare.  Registration is 1:30pm and the walk begins at 2:00pm.  The walk will celebrate 30 years of CROP Walks with a special banner, a light lunch with cake and ice cream.

To date 12 teams from the following organizations/businesses are expected to participate in the walk: St. Luke Lutheran Church, Harrison (Carol Stuhr); Clare Congregational, U.C.C., Clare (Jane Murton); First Congregational-U.C.C, Harrison (Nola Hopkins); St. Cecilia Catholic, Clare (Diane Filion); St. Athanasius Catholic, Harrison (Margaret Grammatico); Farwell UMC (Jill Hostetler); Living Hope Lutheran, Farwell (Pat Jones); Clare Christ Fellowship, Clare (Mary Mussell); Clare UMC (Janet Staten); Kimberly’s Cleaning(Kimberly Bransdorfer); The Dog Walkers (Amy Shindorf); & Suzy’s Beauty Salon, Harrison (Carol Stuhr).  Contact Carol Stuhr at 989-539-7910 if you need assistance to join a team.  Individual walkers may participate also.

Below is information about two of the four agencies in Clare County that will receive support from the CROP Walk.  Two other agencies will be highlighted in another article along with the announcement of the Grand Marshall.

  Clare County Baby Pantry (CCBP) serves 250 families in Clare County, and is very grateful for the money donated from the CROP Walk.  The pantry is located in the basement of the First Congregational U.C.C. Church, Harrison.  This money buys groceries for the CCBP “food pantry,” and is available every week to qualified families with children under the age of five.  Families receive their choice of one food item plus a box of macaroni and cheese each week when there is food available.  This fund also covers the cost of infant cereal.  CCBP supplies diapers for children under the age of three and clothing up to size six.

The Community Nutrition Network (a new recipient of CROP Walk funds) was created to meet needs not met by other food pantries.  They are working diligently to both combat hunger and increase awareness of the importance of good nutrition.  CNN brings a truckload of food every month to various locations in Clare County.  A truckload provides about 300 households with 50 lbs. of food, including meat, fresh fruits and vegetables.  Network membership is composed of CMDHD, MidMichigan Medical Center, Clare, MSU Extension, St. Athanasius Catholic Church, DHS and many citizen volunteers.

 As in years past, the top team in raising money in the walk will be treated to pizza at Buccilli’s Pizza, Clare.  There will be prizes from Burger King for three children twelve years and under who raise the most money.  The caregiver for the top dog raising the most money will receive a gift certificate from Johnston’s Elevator.  The young person 10-17 years returning first from the walk will be able to choose a prize from the drawings.  The gifts are supplied from local businesses.  We will recognize and thank the many businesses that support CROP in a special ad in the Clare County Review after the Walk. Please contact Carol Stuhr, Coordinator, for information about the walk or to volunteer at 989-539-7910.


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