ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — In order to help end hunger in the community, the organizers of the Roanoke Valley CROP Hunger Walk 2022 have decided to give Feeding Southwest Virginia the proceeds from this year’s event.

The grant money will go toward Feeding Southwest Virginia’s Community Solutions Center, which opened in northwest Roanoke in 2018 to address crime and poverty in that neighborhood. The center also provides meal production training and prepares meals for children in the area.

“I’ve heard that the individual donations are down these days,” said Janet Chishom, coordinator of the Roanoke Valley CROP Hunger Walk. “Everybody being hit by the pandemic and feeling that crunch, and so anything that we can do is very much appreciated.”

This year will mark the Roanoke Valley’s 39th annual CROP Hunger Walk, which is set to take place on Oct. 9.

“The CROP Hunger Walk is the heart and ‘sole’ of Roanoke,” organizers said in a joint statement on Monday, June 20. It is the leading Roanoke Valley walk event that brings together all members of our community young and old, all faiths and walks of life for a common goal: to end hunger, one step at a time!”

You can learn more about the Roanoke Valley CROP Hunger Walk — as well as register for the October event — by following this link.