SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced many events — including the Roanoke Valley CROP Hunger Walk — to move online, but that didn’t stop people from showing up to a Salem church Sunday afternoon to help end hunger.
WFXR News met up with a group of people gathering at the Salem Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 4, as they tried their best to help end hunger and poverty one step at a time as part of the CROP Hunger Walk.
CROP Walkers raise money to fight hunger locally through Roanoke Area Ministries — or the RAM House — as well as nationally and globally, according to the event website. Officials say the RAM House outreach has increased dramatically amid the pandemic.
“They have said that usually they share 70 hot meals a day, and right now they are doing more like 140 and they had a 25 percent increase in people asking for assistance with rent and utilities,” said Janet Chisom, Roanoke Valley CROP Walk coordinator, “so this is a way that we can help our neighbors right here in the Roanoke Valley.”
Last year, the Roanoke Valley CROP Walk raised $22,000, which is a goal officials hope to reach again this year.
Since the walk is virtual this year, rather than holding the event in a single day, organizers encourage people to walk in small groups any time between Sunday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 11. People can either form their own team, join a previously established team, or donate to the walk.
If you are interested in donating to, signing up for, or simply learning more about the Roanoke Valley CROP Hunger Walk, click here.
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