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Ronald Porter
Acting Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Crop Walk: 2006

Crop Walk

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This fall, tens of thousands of people in communities across the United States will be doing something Americans usually do for recreation or exercise: they'll be walking miles and miles through the streets of their communities to raise money to fund domestic and international poverty and hunger relief efforts.

The event, which takes place on different Saturdays and Sundays in various parts of the country throughout the year, is called CROP WALK. The walk itself is also symbolic. It is a way of showing solidarity with people in developing countries around the world. In addition, local groups receive some of the funds raised to support hunger-related agencies and groups in their own communities.

This year the walk took place on Sunday, March 5th and many students from Eckerd were present. Eight students undertook the walk: six walked the 5-mile route while two walked the 1.5-mile route. A band on campus, E-Mack and the Yellow Dufi, donated their musical abilities and played at the event. All in all the walk went well and awareness was raised about international and domestic hunger and poverty.

Part of Crop Walk is their annual Peanut Butter Drive. All the peanut butter collected goes to local food pantries and homeless shelters to aid in the fight to alleviate hunger and poverty. This year approximately 1,500 pounds were donated, with a third to a half of that number coming from Eckerd College. Bon Appetit, the college's food service provider, played a big part in helping to raise the peanut butter. In fact, Bon Appetit raised over 500 lbs.

View photos from Crop Walk

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