This Sunday at 2 p.m. local supporters fighting hunger will gather for the annual Eagle County CROP Hunger Walk. CROP Hunger Walks help children and families worldwide — and here in the U.S. — to have food for today, while building for a better tomorrow.
“Our local efforts make a huge difference,” said local coordinator Andrea Arnhold, “last year we raised almost $12,000 with some proceeds staying locally and some going to help the hungry around the globe.”
This 5K, family-friendly walk starts at the Dusty Boot in Eagle, then parades through scenic, paved paths to the U-turn and water stop, then back to the Boot for a post party to help raise awareness about hunger worldwide. Come out Sunday at 1 p.m. to register or log onto www.crop walkonline.org/eagleco.
You won’t go hungry at the Dusty Boot’s after party. They have graciously hosted the event and will donate tasty appetizers for all participants. Kids activities include a bouncy castle and face painting. The banjo and fiddle will keep you moving with live music from members of the bluegrass band, Hardscrabble and Bonfire Brewing will quench our palates with free beer. The 5K is not competitive, but the Mountain Beverage Home Brew Contest may get a little heated as some of the best home brewers have their beer judged by the professionals. In between all this fun, a silent auction will take place with gift certificates to popular eateries and much more.
Proceeds from the silent auction will help raise money to support the fight against hunger, both locally and around the world. Here are a few good reasons why the CROP Hunger Walk needs your support:
• Worldwide, 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children don’t have enough food to eat.
• Seventy percent of malnourished children live in Asia, 26 percent in Africa and 4 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Children who are poorly nourished suffer up to 160 days of illness each year.
• In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households.
• Four hundred and fifty families use the Eagle County food pantries regularly.
Please join us to raise awareness about hunger on Sunday for the Crop Hunger Walk at the Dusty Boot in Eagle. There is no set cost for the event, give whatever you can: $1, $10 or $100, any help is appreciated. Visit www.cropwalkonline.org/eagleco or register Sunday at 1 p.m.