COVID-19 has made this a very different year for the annual Arlington CROP Hunger Walk. The economic impact of the pandemic has made food insecurity an even greater problem, making this year’s Walk even more important for those in need. The event supports Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) and helps end hunger worldwide.
Adjustments have been made to the event because of COVID. Fundraising and promotion are virtual, and participants will walk individually on the routes they choose in their own neighborhoods. First Vietnamese UMC and Arlington Forest UMC have teamed up to walk this year. Our goal is to raise $1000. Neota Hall is our team leader so feel free to contact her if you have any questions.
What: 5K/10K Arlington CROP Hunger Walk, www.crophungerwalk.org/arlingtonva
When: Saturday Oct 17, 2020 (officially) or at the Walker’s convenience.
Where: Walkers choose their own 5K or 10K routes
Who: For Walkers of all ages, register and raise funds online
How: Participants walk/run individually or in small groups, following COVID safety rules
“Safety first is always our mantra,” says event coordinator Kenn Speicher. “So this year, we are going virtual as much as possible. There will be no big gathering at the start. Walkers can plan their own personal routes, and walk or run individually, or with family or friends. October 17 is the official Walk Day, but we encourage everyone to pick a day that’s convenient for them.”
Communities across the U.S. host CROP Hunger Walks every year. Sponsored by Church World Service (CWS), they raise funds to provide sustainable self-help and development, food resources and disaster relief and refugee assistance around the world.
Twenty-five percent of the money raised supports AFAC, which now provides groceries each month to about 3050 families facing food insecurity. Of the people AFAC serves, 33% are children and 12% are elderly. AFAC has seen a 45% increase in referrals for help since the pandemic began.
Over the years, the Arlington CROP Hunger Walk has raised more than $1 million to help people struggling to feed their families. “We have all seen the huge lines of cars at food banks,” says Speicher. “The need is great, so we are appealing to everyone to join a team, sponsor a Walker, or make a donation. I am so grateful for how Arlingtonians come though year after year.”
To join a team, donate, or start a team, go to:
Visit our local site: www.arlingtoncropwalk.org
Arlington Food Assistance Center: https://afac.org
Contact: Kenn Speicher, 703-328-2607, firstname.lastname@example.org