SUNY Cortland supports CROP Hunger Walk
The 28th annual Cortland area CROP Hunger Walk was held Sunday, Oct. 23, and raised $11,703. Participants walked either one- or three-miles routes around downtown Cortland and there was commendable SUNY Cortland student and staff participation.
A total of 262 walkers registered and 256 identified themselves as SUNY Cortland students or staff. Of the nearly $12,000 that was raised, about $7,000, about 58%, is attributed to SUNY Cortland. Funds continue to come in, largely from the local churches. This is the 17th year that SUNY Cortland was a major factor in the success of the walk.
As always, 25 percent of the funds raised will return to the local community to support food pantries and feeding programs including the SUNY Cortland Cupboard.
There are several Golden Sneaker plaques awarded each year to the SUNY Cortland organizations that raise the most funds. The cost of the plaques is underwritten by the James M. Clark Center for Global Engagement.
The overall winner, and winner of the Athletic Team plaque is once again the women's softball team, which raised $2,037.
The Greek community plaque is awarded to repeat winner Delta Phi Epsilon which raised $1,345. The campus club/organization that raised the most was CROP for Cortland, raising $431. The COR 101 plaque went to Miller’s Mafia classes with $226.
CROP Hunger Walks are sponsored by Church World Service and have been held all over the world since 1969. The walks raise approximately $20 million each year. History lecturer and local CROP walk coordinator is Jim Miller and Jeanine Rose, The Learning Center, is the town coordinator.