What does CROP stand for? Community Response to Overcome Poverty
Who is involved? Gales Ferry United Methodist Church and variously includes any and all of the greater Ledyard + North Stonington faith communities of UMGF, St. Luke's Lutheran, St. David's, Our Lady of Lourdes RC, and Ledyard Baptist, Ledyard Congregational, North Stonington Congregational; this year invitations to participate went to two new-to-the group: Bishop Seabury Anglican/CANA, GF, and St. James Episcopal, Poquetanuck/Preston.
What happens with the money that is raised? 75% of proceeds go to Church World Service (or directed other mission via CWS,)and 25% go to local regional mission. For the second year in succession, the Gales Ferry/Ledyard team has designated one fourth of proceeds raised by the CROP Walk to go to our regional food bank, The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, located in New London and serving the greater New London County. Southeastern Connecticut experiences some of the highest poverty in Connecticut and Gemma E Moran Food Center works to address the issues of food insecurity, food access, nutrition, community wellness, and support of local farmers and growers just as the global response of affiliated partners with Church World Service seek to support sustainable well-being among individuals and families across our nation and world. It is neighbor helping neighbor.
How far do I have to walk? Four miles is the regular loop, and there are various short cuts. Four miles, by the way, is the average distance made to fetch water each day by one-sixth of our neighbors throughout the world. Unlike them, we have the luxury of sponsoring a walker if we cannot walk!
This year's goal is $20,000 and 150 walkers - let's go for another "Cream of the CROP" Certificate of Appreciation. Sign-up now to walk on Sunday, October 19.