Each year in October, South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church participates in the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk. The Walk takes place as a part of a nationwide endeavor to raise money to alleviate hunger and poverty in our local communities and overseas.
The concept is simple: Ending hunger one step at a time. Since its first walk in 1979, Charlotte has raised over $9 million to relieve hunger, with over $2 million staying in the community to help Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provide relief to people in need.
The Charlotte event has consistently been one of the largest CROP Walks in the country in both the number of funds raised and the number of walkers who participate. The Walk is 4.1 miles, the distance one might walk in an insecure environment to find food.
The Walk is an opportunity for Charlotte residents of all ages, faiths, and circumstances to join together to demonstrate their concern for those who are poor and do not have enough food to eat, both across the globe and in our own backyard.
For the 2021 Walk, we will host our own walk on the SMPC grounds on October 24th. We will gather at 2pm with the walk beginning at 2:30pm. The return to the normal route at Independence Park will occur in 2022.
CROP Hunger Walks also support the grassroots, poverty-fighting efforts, and disaster response of the Church World Service (CWS) in more than 40 countries, including the United States. CROP Hunger Walks provide tools of hope that empower people to meet their own survival needs. From seeds and tools to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is bringing people together to overcome poverty, which is the world’s #1 cause of hunger.
If you are unable to walk, please consider making a donation to our team of walkers.
Please contact me with any questions.
SMPC Team Captain