The 26th annual Cortland CROP Hunger Walk will be unlike any in the previous 25 years. It will be virtual throughout the weekend of Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25.
To register and donate, visit CROPHungerWalk.org/cortlandny.
Donations are currently being accepted. Participants can walk individually or in groups of six people or fewer. They can pick the day, time and route or follow the traditional one- or three-mile routes. Masks and social distancing are required. Route maps for the traditional routes are available at firstname.lastname@example.org, but groups or individuals may certainly walk as they wish.
“Twenty-five percent of the funds raised in the county are returned to the county to support local food pantries and feeding programs,” said history lecturer and local CROP walk coordinator Jim Miller. “This is especially important during these COVID-stressed times.”
SUNY Cortland’s athletic teams, fraternities and sororities, clubs and COR 101 students have made it a fundraising success. In 2019, 377 of the 423 walkers — 89% — were SUNY Cortland students and staff. They raised 56% of the total $14,601.21 to fight hunger locally and around the world.
This year’s goal is for each walker to raise $10 from each of 10 friends or relatives.
“The “10 x $10 = $100” is an example of how easy it would be for a participant to raise $100,” said Miller.
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, with 25 percent of donations returned to local food pantries and feeding programs in host communities.
For more information, email Jim Miller.