NEW ULM - Sunday was the perfect day to take a walk, and not just for the weather, but to fight hunger.
The 25th Annual CROP Walk, sponsored by Church World Services, took place Sunday, starting at The Putting Green, which is located near 20th South Street. Approximately 60 walkers followed the bike trail to German Park and back to raise money.
Along the path signs with statistics on world hunger helped motivate the walkers. One sign pointed out that in some countries it is an hour walk to get clean water.
Cheryl Schindler, left, regional field director for Church World Services, presents a plaque recognizing the 25th annual CROP Walk to Chris Rosenhamer, organizer of the 2014 walk in New Ulm. Also pictured are members of the CROP Walk committee. They are, from left, Dr. Mario DeSouza, Marlys Zetah, Eileen Campbell and Chris Loetscher. Other members include Molly Schultz, Dr. Craig Sievert and Jeanie Hinsman.
A quarter of the proceeds from the CROP?Walk stays in Brown County to help local citizens in need.
Event organizer Chris Rosenhamer estimated the walk brings in an average of $8,000 every year. This year the CROP organization hopes to receive additional contributions from the Feinstein Foundation, which has agreed to distribute $1 million among hunger-fighting agencies.
Every day 5.2 million people worldwide don't know when or where they will get their next meal. Hunger is not limited to third world countries.
The CROP walkers were not alone on the bike trail. An hour into the walk they were joined by the walkers for the March of Dimes, who were raising funds for infant health.