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C.R.O.P. Walk-A-Thon a huge success!

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On Sunday, March 30, Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 755 Bard Road, hosted a CROP Hunger Walk to help end local and world hunger one step at a time. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide fundraisers sponsored by Church World Service (CWS) and organized by local congregations or groups. With its inception in 1969, CROP Hunger Walks are “viewed by many as the granddaddy of charity walks,” notes the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 26, 2009).

On October 17, 1969, a thousand people in Bismarck, ND, walked in what may have been the first-ever CROP Hunger Walk and raised $25,000 to help stop hunger. Several other CROP Hunger Walks occurred soon thereafter, and before long there were hundreds of Walks each year in communities nationwide.

Currently, well over 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in more than 1,600 CROP Hunger Walks each year. More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.

In fiscal year 2013, just 13.9 cents of every CWS dollar went for overhead, 4.1% for administration and 9.8% for fundraising. 75% of income raised will support the global anti-hunger work of CWS. 25% of income raised goes to support the work of: Senior Nutrition, FOOD Share, Oxnard-Port Hueneme Community Pantry and Bread of Life. All walkers who raised $150 or more received a t-shirt. To donate, please visit: www.crophungerwalk.org/oxnardca.

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