OSWEGO – An ice cream store and high school students are stepping up to aid the 19th annual Kendall County CROP Hunger Walk in Oswego on Sunday.
Kathy Davidson of Montgomery, walk leader, said Colonial Ice Cream will return as a business sponsor.
“Colonial will be supporting us again this year with coupons for a free sundae and also contribute $1 for each walker or helper,” Davidson said.
She added that about 10 students from Aurora’s Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy will return as walk volunteers.
Ending local and worldwide hunger one step at a time is the theme of the walk.
Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) hunger walks are sponsored worldwide by Church World Service, an international relief agency.
The public is invited, Davidson said, and kids and dogs (on leashes) are welcome. Last year, a dozen dogs accompanied their owners on the three-mile walk.
The event will open with registration and a hot dog lunch at 1 p.m. at Oswego Presbyterian Church, 1976 Route 25.
At 1:30 p.m., the walk against hunger steps off on a route that ends at the church. Two water stops are included.
Davidson said the walk has set a goal of $20,000 to help stop hunger and poverty in Kendall and around the world, through self-help initiatives. Part of the funds raised in Oswego will go to the Yorkville-based Kendall County Food Pantry.
The pantry will accept donations at the walk. Needed items include canned soup, fruit, meat and veggies, mayonnaise, sugar, kid-friendly cereal, dish soap and laundry detergent.
Last year, Kendall County walkers raised more than $10,000 in their locally organized CROP Hunger Walk. Since 1985, the Kendall County walk has raised $158,371 to fight hunger. A quarter of those funds were returned to the local area.
In Illinois, the Kendall County walk was the 26th highest online fundraising CROP event in 2012.
This year, Kendall County communities are among 2,000 cities and towns nationwide joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks.
Many of the CROP Walkers will be wearing T-shirts proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live – as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites in the U.S.
Participating churches and recruiters are Church of the Brethren, Ginger Florence; Followers of Christ Lutheran, Pastor Ron Voss; Good Shepherd, Jennifer Olshove; Immanual Lutheran, Laura Devick; Kendall County Food Pantry, Mary Ellen Dempsay; Millbrook United Methodist, Rick Doetschman; Oswego Presbyterian, Kathy Davidson; Trinity United Methodist, Carrie Stoner and Lynne Heriaud; and Yorkville Congregational, June Davis.
CROP Hunger Walks also play a role in the U.S., helping communities ravaged by floods and tornadoes to recover.
To donate, volunteer or for information, call 630-897-1108.