CROP HUNGER WALK 2020
John Clay Memorial Crop Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday February 23. The 1
or3 mile walk will begin and end here at Grace UMC, where approximately 400
walkers will march in solidarity to end hunger worldwide and here in our
Walks are interfaith educational and fundraising events sponsored by Church
World Service (CWS) and are organized by local churches and organizations. They
are led by volunteers to raise funds for food, clean water, and also help
provide resources (such as seeds, tools, technical training etc.) that empower
people to meet their own needs. Donations raised are sent to the most
impoverished nations as well as used locally to eradicate hunger.
In 1990 John
Clay, Director of Christian Education here at Grace, was responsible for
organizing the first Crop Walk in Venice. Since his death in 1995, to honor him
as the founder, the Venice Crop Walk became know as the John Clay Memorial Crop
For the past
50 years Crop Hunger Walks have taken place across the US. The Venice John Clay
Memorial Walk is often the most successful in Florida and usually one of the
top fund raisers in the nation. Last year $35,902 was donated to CWS.
25% of the
funds are returned to local communities. In 2019 nearly $10,000 was donated to
the following local hunger relief organizations in the Venice area:
Hope of South County
– provide food and social services for the needy, 600-800 per month.
Laurel Civic Association – 280 hot meals served each week,
food distribution monthly to needy families. Offer an afterschool program for 75 kids per
day (including homework assistance).
Presbyterian Community Assistance Ministry – food pantry (last year 40,000 used) and clothes
closet, serve 100+ hot meals 3 days a week
Area Mobile Meals – makes
and delivers 140 hot meals 6 days per week to the elderly, shut-ins, and rehab
The need is
great. We can make a difference in this daunting challenge to fight hunger
around the globe and in our local community. Let’s join in to help solve this
major problem, because we do not believe that hunger is inevitable.
You can sign
up to walk by contacting Mary King (492-9809) or Jay Geerdes (485-2634) or by
stopping by the information desk before or after church services. Also, please
consider making a donation to one of the walkers. Or donations can be made
online at CWS/CropHungerWalk.com. It is easy – click on donate, select team, (GUMC)
Grace Community is urged to support the 2020 John Clay Memorial Crop Hunger
Walk. Thank you and God bless for contributing to this important mission.