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Hastings Crop Walk to fight world hunger

Published: Oct. 10, 2021 at 11:06 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Crop Walk returned to Heartwell Park in Hastings on Sunday, as people young and old participated to fight world hunger.

The Crop Walk started back in 1946, when the U.S. sent food to other countries struggling after the second war. Now, it’s developed into an annual walk and fundraiser hosted by the national organization Church Women United.

They donate all the money raised by chapters across the country to charity. Hastings Organizer Susan Graham said the Crop Walk is crucial, especially during this tough time.

“It’s a lot of hunger in the world, more than now then there has been in many years prior to this, and you just never know,” said Graham.

The group also got to use 25% of whatever they raised this year to give to a local charity of their choice. This year they chose the backpack program, benefitting kids in the Hastings area.

It’s for a lot of schools but locally is where our money’s going to go and it’s where they send money home with the kids over the weekend to help their family for hunger,” Graham said.

Last year, they raised close to $5,000 and this year, they hoped to do even more.

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