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CROP Walk Challenge, October 11th, 2009

August 31, 2009 by admin

Poverty in Milwaukee is at record levels. More than 14% of Milwaukee residents live at or below the poverty level and 1 out of 3 children grow up without the money to meet their basic needs. Milwaukee suffers form the ninth-worst childhood poverty rate in the country, and seventh-worst poverty rate overall.

St. Therese parish is again invited to meet the challenge of helping end hunger in the Milwaukee area and the world. This year’s CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, October 11th, 2009, starting from Veterans Park at the Milwaukee Lakefront.

This year, we have set a goal of having 50 walkers representing our parish participate in the CROP Walk. Please consider joining us for a beautiful fall afternoon by Milwaukee’s Lakefront.

On the CROP Walk website, there are areas to be an “E-Walker” or to sponsor your favorite walker: go to the Milwaukee Crop Hunger Walk page to sign up as an individual, as a family, or a whole team, and then start e-mailing family and friends to sponsor you. You could can also go directly to St. Therese team and sign up with us! We will also be available after mass on September 26th/27th or October 3rd/4th to register you in person.

Even if you are unable to join us at the walk, you can still help!

  • Donate food during our food drive leading up to the CROP Walk. Our parish walkers will be taking the food down to the CROP Walk to donate to Hunger Task Force. Please take a look at the list of preferred items below. Children, the elderly and the ill are less likely to suffer from under-nutrition or malnutrition when they receive a diet of preferred food items.
  • Sponsor one of our walkers!
  • Volunteer! We would appreciate help registering walkers at St. Therese, stuffing bulletins on September 2nd and/or transporting collected food to the CROP Walk on October 11th. The Greater Milwaukee CROP Walk also needs help at the Lakefront on the 11th to help distribute crop walk buttons, work in the registration tent, food spotters to direct food delivery to the packaging site, route markers and many other opportunities.
Members of the 2008 St. Therese CROP Walk team

Members of the 2008 St. Therese CROP Walk team

Food items needed include: canned corn, green beans, carrots and peas, dry cereal, oatmeal, grits, pancake mixes, canned pears, apricots, pineapple and peaches, powdered or concentrated infant formula (Nestle Good Start), baby food and diapers, pastas, rice (plain or mixes), potato mixes, macaroni and cheese dinners, canned meat, poultry, fish, peanut butter, beans, nuts and high-protein main dishes such as chili and stews, canned or dry soups (vegetable, tomato, chicken and pea). Before you donate, check to ensure that the food is not expired, damaged, unlabeled or opened.

I know that we can meet our goal and have fun helping to prevent poverty and hunger here in Milwaukee and across the world. To volunteer or for further questions, you can talk to Barb Gritzmacher (third from left in photo), Donna Maccani (sixth from left), or Cathy Smith (holding the sign).