Greene County News
FAIRBORN — The CROP Walk aims to raise money to fight hunger in Fairborn and around the world.
The CROP Walk raised $1514.84 in 2015 for the Fairborn FISH Food Pantry. This year, its goal is to raise $1800. To reach this goal, CROP Walk officials need individuals and organizations to participate in this community event. The 2016 Fairborn CROP Walk to fight hunger will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9.
Twenty five percent of all funds raised on CROP Walks are returned to the Fairborn FISH Food Pantry. The remaining 75 percent can be designated to any one of eighteen international hunger-fighting agencies. Any undesignated funds go to help support the worldwide programs of the Church World Services.
The Fairborn FISH Food Pantry provided 6,637 orders of food in 2015 which fed 22,302 residents of Fairborn and Bath Township. In the months of April through June 2016, officials have seen an increase in families served over the same time period last year. Officials need your help to maintain the current level of services.
The 2016 Fairborn CROP Walk kickoff meeting was held Thursday, Aug. 18. Bob Andes, Fairborn Crop Walk coordinator, reported that the Fairborn CROP Walk has been an outreach in the Fairborn community since 1979. In those years, the walks have raised almost $200,000 for Church World Service with $50,000 coming back from the walks to support the Fairborn FISH Food pantry. The Fairborn FISH Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning at 2 pm.
Organizations or individuals who wishes to participate should contact Andes at 937-879-2015 or 937-581-1239 for more information and to learn how to get involved. The 2016 Fairborn CROP Walk will be held in October, so there is still time to get involved.