CROP Walks cure hunger, one step at a time

Local churches organize five-mile CROP Walk

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Sixteen thousand children die of hunger around the world every day – that’s one child every five seconds, say the folks organizing a CROP Hunger Walk in West Milford.

According to the Rev. Janet MacGregor-Williams of the West Milford Presbyterian Church, there are more than 36 million people right here in America who don’t get enough to eat on a daily basis.

The five-mile walk runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.

It starts at the United Methodist Church of Newfoundland, 65 LaRue Road, and ends at Holy Faith Lutheran Church,104 Paradise Road, Oak Ridge). Walkers set their own pace.

The CROP Hunger Walk is sponsored by the Tri-County Clergy Association and members of Holy Faith Lutheran Church, West Milford Presbyterian Church, Milton United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, United Methodist Church at Newfoundland, and the Journey Church.

Seventy five percent of donations will support Church World Services, which addresses hunger on a global scale. The remainder will be used to feed the hungry in the West Milford community and to support local food pantries.

“Some of our walkers have been participating in CROP Walks for over thirty-five years, walking first as children and now as parents bringing their own children," MacGregor-Williams said.

"This is a great way to teach children about volunteering, giving back and making a difference - all while getting your exercise.”

Last year, CROP Walks helped to raise over $26 million, $7,000 of which was raised in West Milford.

Here is what organizers say the money can do: $72 can provide emergency food supplies for a family of five for a month; $200 can provide a struggling farm family with a draft animal enabling them to increase their food production and carry their goods to market; $1,050 can support community-based health, hygiene, and sanitation training for an entire community.

Walkers don't have to be a member of a church to participate.

To walk or make a donation to support a walker, folks should speak to their pastors or priests or contact the West Milford Presbyterian Church at 973-728-3081, or at

Donations can be made on line at

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