Hundreds of Utahns will put on their walking shoes this weekend and again May 13, for the third annual CROP Walk to aid the hungry.
CROP Walks are planned for Brigham City and the Provo/Orem area on Saturday, and Salt Lake area residents will follow up with their own walk May 13.Rae Riser, spokeswoman for the Brigham City walk, said registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the southeast corner of Pioneer Park, 6th West and Forest. The walk will begin at 9:30.
Provo participants should meet at Provo High School at 9 a.m.
According to George Pantalos, a member of the CROP Walk organizing committee, Salt Lake participants will meet at Lindsey Gardens Park at Ninth Avenue and M Street before 9 a.m.
Opening ceremonies will include music by the Judge Memorial High School jazz band and a welcome by City Councilman Tom Godfrey and Jeannie DePaulis, wife of Mayor Palmer DePaulis. Walkers will cover a seven kilometer course through downtown Salt Lake City and return to Lindsey Gardens at 11:30 a.m.
Pantalos said walkers are securing pledges from friends, business associates and companies who will contribute funds depending on how great a distance each participant walks.
Last year, Pantalos said, the Crop Walk earned $8,000, about four times the amount earned the first year the walk was held. "This year, we hope to raise even more money," he said.
One-fourth of the money raised will go to local hunger relief agencies, including Utahns Against Hunger, 21 G Street; Crossroads Urban Center, 347 S. Fourth East; St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, 437 W. Second South; Fishes & Loaves, Layton; and Share, Inc., Kearns.
The remaining 75 percent will go to the headquarters of Church World Service to be distributed to agencies that aid starving people around the world, including the Catholic Relief Service, which helped aid the starving Ethiopians during a relief effort in 1984.
Walkers can designate which agency is to get the portion of their earnings earmarked for Church World Service, Pantalos said.
For information on the Provo walk, call Shawn Van Dyke at 572-4667. In Brigham City, call 734-2134, and in the Salt Lake area call 572-1342 or contact Crossroads Urban Center, 364-7765.