Interfaith Council to hold 11th annual ‘CROP Walk’ to bring together faiths, help feed the hungry

Previous St. George Interfaith Council CROP Walk, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of St. George Interfaith Council, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — St George Interfaith Council is inviting everyone to join with friends and neighbors at the 11th annual “CROP Walk” on Saturday.

According to a press release from the Interfaith Council, “CROP” stands for “Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty,” and the walk is the main service project for many St George churches and is a wonderful opportunity for members of all churches to serve with neighbors of other faiths.

The 2021 CROP Walk begins at 10 a.m. in Larkspur Park at the corner of Ft Pierce Drive and Larkspur Drive in Bloomington Hills. St George Mayor Michelle Randall will launch the walkers on their 6-mile walk on the St. George trails, which is the distance people in third world countries walk each day to get food, water and work.

Reverend Jimi Kestin, who leads Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship and whose Friday Pantry and “Sunday Feast” receives 25% of the CROP donations, said that the CROP Walk “shows our community the amazing spirit of cooperation that the various faith groups have developed in Utah’s Dixie that transcends our religious differences.”

“Secondly, it highlights the tremendous need in the area of food insecurity, both right here in our community and worldwide,” Kestin said in the press release,

St George CROP Walks have raised over $90,000 to help feed hungry people in St George and throughout the world. Walkers will be treated on their walk by five refreshment tables provided by Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship, Grace Episcopal Church, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“This is the only hunger walk in America where walkers can gain weight,” Interfaith Council secretary Tim Martin joked.

Some participants come to donate, others to just be with the Interfaith Council and others come to walk.

For more information, contact Martin at 435-862-2902 or [email protected]. Donations are being accepted online.

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