CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Monday afternoon Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk organizers took time to give thanks to their local sponsors.
Through their financial support CROP Hunger Walk can make best use of every dollar raised to improve the lives of people in our community suffering from poverty and hunger.
On Sunday October 18th, thousands of people will gather at Independence Park for the 37th annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk. Since that first walk in 1978, CROP Walks have raised $8 Million dollars to fight hunger.
Two million dollars have stayed here and been put to use through partner agencies like, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Loaves and Fishes, and Crisis Assistance Ministry.
The portion of money that leaves our local communities, is used by Church World Services to help communities in over thirty countries worldwide. They work to teach families sustainable farming, give them access to clean water, and make a difference in tens of thousands of lives every day.
Monday's luncheon was hosted by Novant Health at the Belk house on the Presbyterian Hospital campus.
Travis Commodore with Novant Community Relations read this quote from Nelson Mandela, "Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom."
Major sponsors for this year's Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk include, Novant, Ally Bank, Snyder's Lance, Tropical Foods, Healthy Home Market, Hilliard Lyon, and Nothing but Noodles. WBTV is happy to, once again this year, be a media partner with Charlotte CROP Walk. I'll be there Sunday October 18th. I hope to see you at the start line!
It's not too late to start a team or sign up as an individual. Just go to CharlotteCropWalk.com.