Rozenna Hartman is new to Crop Walk, but she understands the benefits the annual event brings to people in need locally and worldwide.

"I truly believe in the mission of Crop Walk," said Hartman, 62, of Hanover. "If it's any time that we need to raise awareness and to raise funds to help those in need, this is the time, especially with the economy."

Hartman is chairwoman of the Hanover Area Council of Churches Crop Walk, which will hold its 36th annual trekking event at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at South Western High School, 200 Bowman Road.

Now in its 63rd year, Crop -- an acronym for Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty -- contributes 25 percent of the walk money to local food pantries and feeding programs.

The remaining 75 percent is used by Elkhart, Ind.-based Church World Service, which distributes funds to more than 400 world hunger programs that help needy communities.

For Hanover's walk, the goal is to have at least 250 walkers raise $22,000. Last year, 252 walkers raised $21,480, Hartman said.

She said 25 percent of the funds raised will stay in Hanover to benefit the church council's Provide a Lunch program, Head Start, and God's Meal Barrel and New Horizon's food pantries.

On Sunday, Crop Walk events will be held in York, Glen Rock and East Berlin.

York: The York County Council of Churches' 43rd annual walk begins at 1:30 p.m. at John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road in Springettsbury Township.


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The council hopes at least 500 walkers will raise at least $40,000, said Teann Scoggins, walk co-chair. Last year, about 300 participants raised more than $25,540,

according to council records.

This year, walkers can choose to complete either one, three or five miles, she said.

Scoggins said the local portion of funds raised goes to at least 20 soup kitchens, food pantries and social agencies that serve people in need.

"There's such a great need in our community, so we know someone is being helped by the money raised," she said.

Glen Rock: The Community Church Witness Council Crop Walk begins at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Zion-Potosi United Methodist Church at 10730 Mount Zion Road in Glen Rock.

Participants will walk a 6-mile route that circles back to the church, said Treva Stiles, 77, of Springfield Township.

She said the walkers mainly will come from congregations -- of various denominations -- that make up the church witness council that leads projects to benefit communities in the Loganville, Jacobus, Seven Valleys, Hametown and Potosi areas.

There is only one goal -- to raise as much money as possible, Stiles said.

Last year, the church witness council raised $3,100, with $775 of that going to the Southern York County Food Bank based in Glen Rock, said Stiles, who serves on the council's Crop Walk committee and is a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hametown.

"(Crop Walk) makes you aware of the hunger in the world," she said. "(People are) hungry and we want to be part of the mission to feed the hungry."

East Berlin: The East Berlin Area's 21st walk begins at 1:30 p.m. at Zwingli United Church of Christ, 403 W. King St.

Walkers can take either a 2-mile or 5-mile walk around the borough, rain or shine, said Barry Oswald, 65, a Crop Walk recruiter at Zwingli UCC.

The goal is to exceed last year's achievement, when close to 76 walkers from 12 churches in York and Adams counties raised $4,562, with 25 percent of that amount going to Abbottstown/East Berlin Food Pantry, Oswald said.

The pantry -- which last month served close to 50 households consisting of more than 110 family members -- will receive funds again this year, said Oswald, of Reading Township in Adams County.

He said this is his ninth year participating.

"It's a matter of just being able to assist in helping to reduce the overall poverty and hunger that exists, not only worldwide but even in our small community," he said.

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If you go:

-- The East Berlin Area walk starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday from Zwingli United Church of Christ, 403 W. King St. in East Berlin. Registration is at 1 p.m. For information, call event coordinator Carolyn Weaver at 259-9431.

-- Community Church Witness Council Crop Walk starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 10730 Mount Zion Road, Glen Rock. Registration is 1 p.m.

-- York County Council of Churches walk begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road in Springettsbury Township. Registration is 12:30 p.m. Walkers who raise at least $75 will receive free Crop Walk T-shirts. Call 854-9504.

-- The churches of Loganville, Jacobus and Seven Valleys are sponsoring a Crop Walk at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Registration is at 1 p.m. The walk begins at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, goes through Spring Valley Park and circles back to the church. For details, call 235-1132.

-- Hanover Area Crop Walk begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at South Western High School, 200 Bowman Road, Hanover. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. For details, call 633-6353.

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-- Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.