CROP Walk organizers plan event

CROP Walk members met recently to plan this year’s 48th annual walk set for Oct. 13 in downtown Cumberland. From the left are Mandy Hawkins, LaVale United Methodist Church food pantry; John Minnich, Interfaith Community Pantry; the Rev. Harry Coleman, Westernport/Tri-Towns walk treasurer; Sandy Cowan, Cumberland walk coordinator; Amanda Barnett, Westernport/Tri-Towns walk coordinator; and Amy Moyer, Western Maryland Food Bank.

CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland/Allegany County CROP Walk members met recently to plan for this year’s 48th annual walk set for October.

CROP (Christians Relating to Other People) is a walk to make others aware of hunger throughout the world and in Allegany County.

Sandy Cowan gave a report on last year’s walk, which raised $6,100 among 70 walkers.

The walks benefit local food pantries as well as the Western Maryland Food Bank.

The Rev. Harry Coleman said that the Westernport walk raised $3,000 with 35 walkers participating. Amanda Barnett of Westernport said that this year’s walk would be on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Creekside Park.

Tony Crosby said a Frostburg walk is planned for the spring of 2020. John Minnich of Cumberland Interfaith Community Pantry said they are serving about 150 families per month.

Amy Moyer of the Western Maryland Food Bank said the need continues to rise each month for more families. Mandy Hawkins said the LaVale United Methodist Church continues to serve families in the community.

Cowan thanked the Western Maryland Health System and Foundation Executive Director Karen Johnson for its assistance to the walk through the Caring program.

Cowan said a rally will be held Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at LaVale United Methodist Church. Information packets will be distributed.

The Cumberland walk, set for Oct. 13, will start at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. in the CBIZ parking lot at the corner of Mechanic and Baltimore streets.

All churches, clubs and organizations are welcome to participate.

For more information, contact Cowan at 301-268-3143. 

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