Annual Hunger Walk hopes to raise $20,000

Walkers from the 2012 Greenwich/Port Chester Crop Hunger Walk.

Walkers from the 2012 Greenwich/Port Chester Crop Hunger Walk.

Mark the date on your calendars and clean off your walking shoes for the Fourth Annual Greenwich/Port Chester Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, April 21.

This mild two-mile walk travels through town down Greenwich Avenue, left on Railroad Avenue, left again at Mason Street — with a rest stop at Scout Headquarters — back to East Putnam, where the route turns right, finishing at Christ Church at 254 East Putnam Avenue. Strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, and pets on a leash are all welcome. Community members are urged to join and walk with the other groups, schools, churches and community service organizations from Greenwich and Port Chester, NY.

The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to combat hunger around the world. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised at the event will go to help fund the worldwide work of Church World Service (CWS), an organization that for more than 60 years has helped fight poverty, hunger and disease, and also provides emergency materials and funding following natural or man-made disasters.

One quarter of the funds raised from each walk are returned by CWS to the local community, with Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich and Carver Center in Port Chester each sharing a portion of the funds raised and food donated on Walk Day.

In 2013, the financial goal of the walk is to raise $20,000, and each walker is encouraged to bring non-perishable food to supplement the food pantries. Many enthusiastic walkers/fund-raisers are needed to succeed in reaching these goals. Readers can learn more about the walk, make a donation, or join a walk team by visiting the walk’s website at crophungerwalk.org/greenwichct.

Many churches and organizations in the Greenwich and Port Chester communities are involved in the planning and implementation of this year’s event. These are joined by the Alan Shawn Feinstein Fund, which annually contributes more than one million dollars to hunger relief programs across the country.

For more information, contact All Souls Parish at  914-939-4300, the walk’s headquarters church, The First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich at 203-869-8686 (ext. 119 for Josh), or e-mail the walk coordinator at [email protected]

Direct donations in the form of a check or money order can be placed in your church’s offering plate or sent to: First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, 1 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830, or All Souls Parish, Attn. Ken Nilsen, 55 Parkway Drive, Port Chester, N.Y. 10573. Checks may be made out to CWS/CROP.

Walk registration begins at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, 1 West Putnam Avenue. The walk begins at 2 p.m.

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