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Eagle County CROP walk to end hunger set for May 1 in Eagle

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VAIL CO, Colorado

EAGLE – On May 1, Eagle County residents can take the first of many steps to help end hunger in our community and across the globe.

Starting at 2 p.m., the first annual Eagle County CROP Hunger Walk will kick off at the Dusty Boot in Eagle Ranch. Walkers can participate in either a non-competitive 1K or 5K walk along walking paths of Eagle Ranch. Both walks will end back at the Dusty Boot in Eagle where a celebration party will take place. Registration and donations can be made online at http://www.cropwalkonline.org/eagleco. It’s a simple process, just follow the online prompts.

This first annual event in sponsored by the Salvation Army and the Church World Service to help raise money to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world.

Currently more than 400 households per month in Eagle County are benefitting from the services provided by the Eagle County Food Pantries and other Salvation Army services, according to Tsu Wolin-Brown of the Salvation Army.

“Our local residents are affected by hard economic times and are in need of help,” Wolin-Brown said. “The Salvation Army needs your help to continue providing services to those in need of assistance. We cannot forget our Eagle County neighbors who are struggling. This event will also help provide basic food to starving people in third world countries,”

Eagle County’s CROP walk is one of approximately 2,000 CROP Hunger Walks being held in cities and towns nationwide. This year’s theme is “Ending hunger one step at a time.” The walk is designed as a family friendly event.

Many of the CROP Walkers will be 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 here in the U.S. These local services agencies share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks. Of funds raised by Eagle County CROP Walkers, 25 percent of the proceeds will go the Eagle County Food Pantries while the remainder will help aid starving people throughout the world.

CROP Hunger Walks also play a role in the U.S. helping communities ravaged by floods and tornadoes to recover. Church World Service is a first responder working in Japan to aid the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami tragedy.

For more information about Eagle County CROP Hunger Walk go online to http://www.cropwalkonline.org/eagleco to register or find them on Facebook at “Cropwalk Eagle County” or call Liz Merrick at 970-328-9190 or Debbie Taagen at 970-390-3324.

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