Local CROP Walk to celebrate 40th Maplewood event during Leaf Days


Plans are being made for the annual CROP Hunger Walk, which has been scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. at Maplewood State Park, Pelican Rapids. 

The walk marks Pelican’s 40th annual walk to raise money to fight hunger.

The hunger walk is held in connection with the two-day Friends of Maplewood “Leaf Days,” Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, with two full days of activities. 

Individuals, churches, and youth organizations collect donations from friends and family to fight hunger locally and throughout the country and the world. Walkers have the option to hike one, three, or six miles through the woods at the park. The walk is designed to remind participants that hungry people in developing countries typically walk six miles a day for necessities such as food, water, and fuel.

Trinity Lutheran Church is again coordinating the walk with assistance from Grove Lake Lutheran and other area churches, and the school’s Minnesota Honor Society chapter. Packets are being distributed to churches and organizations that have been involved in past years. Online fundraising is also an option at www.crophungerwalk.org.

Walkers can turn in their packets to their group coordinator or bring them to the registration table near the sugar shack at the park. A few prizes will be awarded to participants raising the most money.

Pelican’s Walk is the longest continuous walk in the state of Minnesota, and a portion of the funds raised remains in Pelican Rapids. Last year, the food shelf received the funds.

Contact Evy (701-371-5149) or Julie (218-849-1426) for more information or to receive sponsorship/donation forms.