The Estherville community turned out to help fight hunger in a local CROP Hunger Walk this past Sunday.
Ninety-one participants came out to walk and raised well over $3,000.
The event sponsors, the Estherville Area Ministerial Association, looks to make this an annual event.
Participants in Estherville’s CROP Hunger Walk begin their trek to fight hunger last Sunday.
Photo by David Swartz
"We consider this a great turnout for the first year," said Pastor Chad Ensz of the First Presbyterian Church. "It's been 10 or 15 years since Estherville's had this event."
The participants walked just under three miles with stops at Rosewood Manor and the Good Samaritan Center, where they walked with the residents. Refreshments were also provided at Rosewood.
Pastor David Bergstrom of Estherville Lutheran Church was a representative from the association that coordinated the effort. The First Presbyterian Church had the responsibility of taking on the logistics of the event as the participants started and ended their walk at the church.
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the event will go to help the local food pantry at Upper Des Moines Opportunity.
Estherville and some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Ending hunger one step at a time."
Participants walk for the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks, and meal sites here in the U.S.