Neighbors will help neighbors in Sunday’s CROP Walk 

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A previous CROP Walk makes its way down Union Street through Vineyard Haven on the way to Oak Bluffs. — Photo by Susan Waldrop

The Island’s CROP Walk begins at 2 pm on Sunday, Oct. 20, from St. Augustine’s Church, 49 Franklin St., in Vineyard Haven. The full six-mile walk begins and ends at St. Augustine’s, but if you’d like to stop halfway at Trinity Methodist Church in the Campground in Oak Bluffs, that’s OK too. There’s a shuttle service that will take you back to Vineyard Haven.

Teams from 14 congregations and organizations will be walking, and online pledges already total more than $8,000, according to Woody Bowman, treasurer of the local CROP Walk.

“We’re looking forward to a strong turnout on Sunday, Oct. 20th, and to successfully raising $27,000 that will go to vital programs that effectively combat hunger,” Bowman wrote in an email. 

There are roughly 800 CROP Walks a year in the U.S. alone, and the Island’s walk has generated $489,643 over the first 28 years to address food insecurity. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the CROP Walk worldwide. Twenty-five percent of funds raised on-Island benefit the Food Pantry and the Vineyard Committee on Hunger, and other funds will be used by Church World Service in the U.S. and around the globe for emergency food supplies, agricultural training, livestock, wells and pumps, farm seeds, and farm equipment.

Check the Island’s CROP Walk progress on Facebook, and call Woody Bowman for more information at 508-693-7240, or email him at cwbowman@earthlink.net