Auburn Crop Walk today raises funds to feed the hungry

By: Max Puckett Journal correspondent
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An Auburn Crop Walk fundraiser today will join Church World Service’s nationwide network of volunteers in over 2,000 communities and raise money for families and communities nationwide affected by disaster, poverty and hunger. Larry Soderman, chairman of the Auburn CROP Hunger Walk committee, has been involved with the walk since it began 15 years ago. “This is an ecumenical effort by a lot of local churches to raise money to fight poverty, feed hungry people and provide disaster relief both locally and throughout the world,” Soderman said Friday. “I would guess about 225 walkers will participate this year. We’ll be real happy if we get that. Last year we had around 245.” CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, was created by Church World Services in 1946 to respond to help people around the world recovering from World War II. Sue Dings, an Auburn resident, has been on the CROP committee since the walk began. “It’s great to get all the churches together working for the same cause, and it’s wonderful to see all the kids and the dogs,” Dings said. “Some of the kids run the whole three miles. There are cookies and refreshments at the end provided by Auburn Presbyterian Church.” Last year the walk raised $11,651. Auburn Interfaith Food Closet and the Salvation Army Food Closet received 25 percent of the total proceeds.