About 250 people participated Sunday in Lawrence's CROP Walk for Hunger, raising at least $8,500 for overseas hunger relief efforts and local community programs.
The CROP Walk provides funds for the Church World Service Christian Rural Overseas Relief program. Also, 25 percent of the money raised goes to the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK) and the local Emergency Services Council.
Participants in the event walked or ran a 10-kilometer route after having received monetary pledges for each kilometer they covered. Missy Black, treasurer for the walk, said the total amount raised is not known because some pledges have not yet been reported.
Meanwhile, another CROP Walk sponsored by the Trailside Parish of the United Methodist Church involved about 120 participants from 11 churches in southern Douglas County. That walk, also held Sunday, started at the Vinland School yard.
Rosalie Smith, treasurer for the walk, said this morning that not enough pledge reports had been submitted for her to accurately estimate how much money was raised. As with the Lawrence CROP Walk, one-fourth of the proceeds of the southern Douglas County walk will be used locally to provide food for those in need.