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Organizers named for CROP Walk

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Jean Evans and Jerry Lane will be the coordinators for the 2013 Sondra King Memorial CROP Hunger Walk of North DeKalb County.

The husband and wife team take on this role with a history of community activism. Evans and Lane coordinated the CROP Walk in the early 1990s and Evans was treasurer for some years thereafter. The CROP Hunger walk is an ecumenical, nationwide fundraising event under the direction of Church World Service.

CROP began in late 1940s providing relief to war-torn Europe and originally stood for Christian Rural Overseas Project. Grain was collected by churches from local farmers and shipped overseas.

Today, the acronym has changed to Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, which reflects its current mission.

“It’s still about fighting hunger and alleviating poverty here at home and abroad, but we approach it differently,” Evans said in a news release. “CROP was one of the first to adopt the fundraising walk. It symbolizes the tremendous distances people, often children, have to walk to get clean water, food and fuel for cooking.”

Funds raised don’t just provide food. They also go to dig wells, provide modern farming implements, start food co-ops, develop small businesses and other cost-effective ways that help impoverished people develop the means to feed themselves.

Each year, more than 20 religious, civic and community groups and individuals, come together for the walk in DeKalb County. This year’s event will take place Oct. 20. After six years walking in DeKalb, the walk is shifting to the Sycamore area. The next planning committee meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 13 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 206 Somonauk St., Sycamore.

For more information, contact Evans or Lane at walkcoordinators@yahoo.com.

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