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CROP Walk is on Sunday

MIFFLINTOWN — The Juniata County Ministerium hopes to raise $15,000 for this year’s CROP 5K Fun Walk/Run.

The annual event benefits Church World Service as they partner with hunger ministries in the United States and around the world. As part of that partnership, 25 percent of the funds CROP Walk raises benefitting Juniata County Food Pantry and Juniata County Meals on Wheels. Participants get sponsors with any amount of donations and bring the funds to the walk.

Pastor Graham Fowler, who is helping or organize the event, said the ministerium hopes to have over 100 participants in this year’s event, which is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday at Walker Township Park, with registration at 1:30 p.m.

Now in its 49th year, a portion of the CROP Walk benefits local food ministries.

“Ten percent of Juniata County residents are considered food insecure, which means that they are not certain if they’re going to be able to feed their families tomorrow or the next day,” said Fowler. The Juniata County Food Pantry and the Juniata County Meals on Wheels “are two important ministries in our county that help make sure people who are food insecure have food.”

The other 75 percent, Fowler said, supports hunger ministries around the world.

“This walk helps us look beyond our own needs and do something to help others in the world,” he said.

The walks have raised more than $500,000 total since it began in Juniata County and $70,000 for local food ministries, Fowler said.

Participants will again have the option to participate virtually. The walk will be livestreamed on Facebook on the Juniata County Crop 5K Fun Walk/Run page.

This year, individuals participating with a group can select a team captain and use one registration form. Those wanting to form teams or needing envelopes can call Fowler at the church at (717) 463-3138.

Registration forms are available on the CROP Walk website and individuals may donate online at www.crophungerwalk.org/mifflintownpa or turn the money in on the day of the walk.

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