Organizers eye early start to CROP Walk preparations

Posted: Apr. 23, 2013 11:33 am Updated: May. 7, 2013 12:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Rev. Ivan Greuter feels it is never too early to start planning, especially for something as important as the annual CROP Hunger Walk for Adams County.

This year's annual fundraiser is not until Oct. 20, but Greuter, whose Central Baptist Church is coordinating the event for a second straight year, is hosting an organizational meeting for all area churches at 7 p.m. Monday.

"One quarter of all funds raised through (the local) CROP Hunger Walk helps a local hunger-relief agency," Greuter said. "This meeting will outline the program goals and recruit volunteers for leadership positions."

Greuter said this year's CROP Hunger Walk goal is raise $8,000. A year ago, local churches helped raise $5,420. In 2011, the event generated $4,486.

Last year's local beneficiary was Horizons Social Services.

"We'll select this year's local agency (to receive funds) at the organizational meeting," Greuter said.

Adams County and about 2,000 communities nationwide will join together for interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks with a theme of "Ending Hunger One Step at a Time."

"This event brings together denominational, non-denominational and independent churches," Greuter said.

Church World Service sponsors the walk events, which are organized by local volunteers at each site. The Hunger CROP Walk not only raises funds to end hunger, but also assists communities ravaged by floods and tornadoes.

Church World Service was founded in 1946 and is a cooperative ministry of 37 Christian denominations and communions in the United States, providing sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance around the world.

Many of the CROP walkers will wear T-shirts proclaiming their solidarity with those around the world who have to walk to receive food and/or water simply to survive, plus the millions served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites.

This year's walk is scheduled to again be held at the Illinois Veterans Home.

Greuter may be contacted at Central Baptist at (217) 222-1310 or by email at There is also information on the website.