Local church works to end hunger abroad and at home

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Northeast Lincoln neighborhoods saw their fellow community members taking on the task of easing hunger at home and around the world.

The Crop Hunger Walk sponsored by Church World Service made a stop in Lincoln to motivate those to help serve those around them.

Members of Bethany Christian Church and surrounding community members gathered Sunday afternoon to take on the daunting task of ending hunger.

Lenny Blue of Church World Service said community members participating in the fundraiser help keep local food pantries full.

The service then takes on the responsibility of the other side of the fundraiser which stalks pantries worldwide.

“All the money that’s raised in the community, 75% of it goes to my organization, Church World Service,” said Blue. “We use that domestically in the United States and globally as well, but 25% of the funds stay right here in your community.”

Blue said the organization was created shortly after World War II by local churches to help those in Europe who were facing food shortages.

Today the organization has evolved to include helping those at home meet basic nutrition needs.

“It’s all set up by volunteers in the community,” he said. “So they’re able to run the walk however they see fit.”

The walk looped through neighborhoods in northeastern Lincoln with participants walking in either a mile-and-a-half path or a three-mile walk.

Walkers ended the journey back at the church where they celebrated the achievements of the day.

For more information on fundraisers done by Church World Service click here.


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