About 5,300 people did their part to end hunger Sunday by walking almost 4 miles to raise money for the poor in Charlotte and around the world.
Organizers of the 35th annual CROP Hunger Walk in Charlotte said their goal was to raise $325,000. About 25 percent of that amount will be distributed to three local partners: the Second Harvest Food Bank, Loaves & Fishes, and Crisis Assistance Ministry. The rest of the money will support global projects to fight child malnutrition, build water projects, provide hunger relief and aid those affected by natural disasters.
CROP is short for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.
As in past years, Charlotte’s CROP Walk Sunday raised more money and had more participants than any of the 1,800 such walks around the country, said Erika Ellis Stewart, the Charlotte director.
In the past 15 years, she said, Charlotte’s walks have raised about $7 million, with about $1.7 million staying in the city.
Houses of worship have traditionally been a backbone of the annual effort. On Sunday, there were large delegations of walkers from St. John’s Baptist, Christ Lutheran, St. Gabriel Catholic, Temple Beth El and Pineville United Methodist.
A few local celebrities also walked the route, which mostly crossed streets on the periphery of uptown Charlotte. They included Bea Thompson of WBAV radio (101.9 FM) and former Charlotte City Council member Nancy Carter, both honorary co-chairs of this year’s walk, and WBTV (Channel 3) news anchor Maureen O’Boyle.
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