To the editor:
I am writing to thank the communities of Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, and Savage for their enthusiastic response to the first annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk on Oct. 13. CROP Hunger Walks are sponsored by Church World Service, an organization supported by some 35 American denominations. CROP Walk donations support the sustainable overseas relief projects of CWS and local food shelves. Our walk occurred within the cities of Burnsville and Savage. It was recognized with a proclamation by the city of Burnsville, and we received policing support from both Burnsville and Savage. Altogether, more than 200 walkers raised some $13,600, giving us the highest total for any CROP Hunger Walk in Minnesota in 2013. Twenty-five percent of that amount will be returned by CWS to 360 Communities and to the CAP Agency to benefit food shelves in Dakota and Scott counties. The Eagan and Lakeville Resource Centers was also present for our walk.
We benefited from a $250 grant from the Southern Dakota-Scott County chapter of Thrivent Financial. We also received generous financial donations from many local businesses: Cub, Nelson’s Apple Farm, Rainbow, Sam’s Club, Target, Twin Cities Orthopedics, Valley Natural Foods, and Walmart. We were assisted on Walk Day by Boy Scout Troop 292 of Apple Valley and by Girl Scout Troop 12974 of Bloomington.
The South of the River walk was a cooperative project of eight churches from different faith traditions. These included Glendale United Methodist (Savage), New Spirit United Church of Christ (Savage), Open Circle Church (Burnsville), River Hills United Methodist (Burnsville), St. James Lutheran (Burnsville), St. John the Baptist Catholic (Savage), Spirit of Joy Christian Church (Lakeville), and Spirit of Life Presbyterian (Apple Valley).
To participate in the 2014 South of the River CROP Hunger Walk, please contact me at [email protected] or Denise Lewis at [email protected], who served as our recruitment leader. We welcome churches, clubs, service organizations, and individuals from all traditions.
Coordinator for the steering committee, South of the River CROP Hunger Walk