The call is out to all area churches, schools, civic organizations and individuals: Will you walk with us? The Pajaro Valley CROP Hunger Walk will be held Saturday, October 16 at 9 a.m., starting and ending at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville.
The purpose of a CROP Hunger Walk is two-fold: To raise awareness by walking as people do around the world in search of food and water; and to raise money to combat hunger both locally and wherever there is need.
All monies raised from the walk will be given to Church World Service to help families around the world fight hunger, and to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County for families in need here at home.
Our financial sponsors this year are Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau, Agri-Culture, and Watsonville First United Methodist Church. They are providing T-shirts to the first 120 walkers who participate in the walk. To date, organizations which have signed up to collect pledges and walk include:
- Aptos Community United Methodist Church
- First Christian Church
- Girl Scout Troup #10625
- Holy Eucharist Catholic Church
- Lutheran Community Church
- Pajaro Valley Children’s Center
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County
- Watsonville First United Methodist Church
The Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson, Pastor of Watsonville First United Methodist Church, is heading the local CROP Hunger Walk organizing committee. If you would like to participate, contact Mathews-Johnson at the church, 831.724.4434, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the second annual Pajaro Valley CROP Hunger Walk, and it is the only CROP Hunger Walk being held on the central coast this year. Last year 70 walkers participated, and Mathews-Johnson hopes to double that number this year.
Families are encouraged to participate, and dogs on leashes are welcome. The walk is three-and-a-half miles. The starting and ending location, the Second Harvest Food Bank, is located at 800 Ohlone Parkway in Watsonville. There will be cars accompanying the walkers to assist any participants who cannot complete the distance.