The annual Downingtown area CROP Hunger Walk took place this past Sunday, October 14th, in the heart of the borough with around eighty walkers representing various area churches. Church World Service (CWS), the overseer of the national event, and whose motto is “Ending Hunger One Step At A Time,” has been involved with Downingtown’s effort for more than 30 years.
This year, instead of having the walk on the Struble Trail, the Downingtown Area Ministerium proposed to lead the annual fall event in the heart of the borough, thereby trying to include as many churches as possible. With the help of the Downingtown Borough Police Department and the Public Works Department, a new 3.62-mile route was created. The CROP Hunger Walk began once again at Central Presbyterian Church, but this year utilized public sidewalks and the borough’s trail system. The route went westerly as far as Church of Deliverance in the Johnsontown area, then north on Bradford Avenue to the train station underpass, and then headed east on Lancaster Avenue. New this year were water stops at both Church of Deliverance and Messiah Lutheran Church.
The Downingtown Area Ministerium—comprised of nine local congregations—also wishes to thank many of the area churches who were involved with the planning committee: Grace Covenant; Bethel AME; Grove UMC; Central Presbyterian Church, and new this year, St. James’ Episcopal Church. As with all CROP Hunger Walks which take place every year, Downingtown’s efforts ensure that 75% of moneys raised is given to both international and national hunger-fighting initiatives overseen by CWS. Moreover 25% of all financial gifts raised stay within the local community and benefit the following organizations: The Lord’s Pantry of Downingtown; Honey Brook Food Pantry; People’s Pantry at Church Road; CYWA Food Program; and the Salvation Army.
According to John Yurkatat, volunteer treasurer for the event, and Patrick Walker, Church World Service’s Senior Community Engagement Specialist, the total amount raised as of Walk day was $7,878. To learn more about Church World Service, visit crophungerwalk.org/impact.
Lastly, the Ministerium wishes to thank its corporate sponsors for this year’s CROP Hunger Walk: Wegman’s; Honey Brook Golf Course; Exton Behavioral; Blue Moon Florist; Shady Maple Market; Sloan Motors, Inc. and Green Street Grill.