Updated: May 22, 2013 6:06AM
The 2013 South Suburban CROP Hunger Walk participants have raised the bar for this year’s walk, hoping to beat 2012 fundraising totals.
“As we prepare for our 2013 CROP Hunger Walk, we can be thankful for the help we have given in the past, but we are motivated even more to reach this year’s goal of $30,000 or more,” local CROP Hunger Walk coordinator Lucy Kokol said.
She said 25 percent of the funds raised went to seven local food-providing agencies: Respond Now, Jones Community Center, South Suburban PADS, Rich Township Food Pantry, Hazel Crest Food Pantry, Lansing Food Pantry and the First Wesley Academy Hot Meals Program in Harvey.
The rest went to Church World Service, unless the donor designated another world relief agency.
Kokol said the local CROP Hunger Walk is one of hundreds nationwide that make it possible for Church World Service to respond quickly to disasters around the world. Food and water programs are the special emphasis of CROP-funded projects.
The south suburban group would like to increase last year’s participation of 26 congregations and organizations to 30 this year, Kokol said.
Any organization or individual wishing to participate should contact Kokol at (708) 799-7953.
Registration for the walk is at 1 p.m. April 28 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 18850 Riegel Road, Homewood.
Ceremonies begin at 1:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 2 p.m. Rest stops are at Salem Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Community Church and Millennium Park. The walk will end at St. Andrew.
For more information, visit www.crophungerwalk.org/homewoodil.