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Eagle County locals walking to stamp out hunger

The Dusty Book will host Sunday's CROP Walk in Eagle, one 1,600 events across the country to help fight worldwode hunger. Left to right is some of the Dusty Boot staff: Cameron Douglas, general manager; Jason Congelton, server; Joselyn Brubaker, manager; PJ Berg, manager; and John Shipp, owner.

EAGLE, Colorado – A local group is taking to the streets in the fight against hunger.

The first local CROP Walk is set for Sunday in Eagle. CROP is Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty.

The event is designed to raise money and awareness for hungry people locally and around the world.

“We have hungry people here in Eagle County although we’re better off than many,” said Andrea Arnhold, who’s helping coordinate the event. “We have places we can go to get food and we have clean water.”

A portion of the money stays local with the local food pantries. The rest of the money goes to the rest of the world, where it will help with food, teaching sustainable farming and developing clean water sources.

“Women in developing countries walk an average of three miles a day to get water,” Arhold said.

Church World Service runs the CROP Walks. Sunday’s walk in Eagle is one of 22 in Colorado and 1,600 around the country each year, Arnhold said.

You’re supposed to go get sponsors, or you can sponsor yourself. Or you can show up and stroll along.

Sponsored walks is a popular format now, but Church World Service was the first to do it with its first CROP Walk in 1969.

“Our goal is to raise as much money as we possibly can. It will also raise awareness about this cause and some of the things being done about it,” Arnhold said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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