Annual Crop Walk raises money to end hunger both locally and world-wide

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QUINCY, Il. – People gathered at the Veterans Home for the annual Crop Walk to End Hunger on Sunday with the goal of ending hunger both here in the Tri-States and around the world.

“I’ve been attending the Crop Walk and participating well over 10 years,” said Martha Burns.

She and her husband, Jeff, were just two of the dozens of volunteers who came out to walk, donating money and food to the cause.

Organizers said Crop Walk is a national event that helps raise money to end hunger locally and around the world.

Burns said it’s something she’s done many times.

“It means a lot to me, once again, I want to be a servant of the Lord and that means when someone is hungry you feed them, when they’re thirsty you give them drink, and that’s why we’re here today,” Burns said.

Officials with Horizons Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry said it’s that kind of attitude that makes it possible for them to serve the community everyday.

“Last year Horizons was able to serve over 35,000 hot means to families, and that support from this event and others like it is what helps us continue to provide those services,” Horizons board and president Dustin Hall said.

According to Hall, a small portion of the donations raised go to Horizons, but the real goal is helping people across the world.

“75 percent of the proceeds that are taken in are going overseas,” Hall said.

For Martha and Jeff Burns, they said just getting out in the fall weather was nice.

“The trees aren’t changing yet, but I do enjoy nature itself,” said Martha, adding that it feels good to help others while doing it.

“It’s nice to be able to start getting involved in other things in life than just sitting at home,” said Jeff.

Organizers said this is the 50th year of the event, which was sponsored by the Christ Lutheran Church of Quincy.

Frank Healy

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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