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December 15, 2016

CROP Walk Helps Feed the Hungry

The Lancaster Church of the Brethren has been a great supporter of the CROP Walk which is part of the program of Church World Service to feed hungry people here at home and around the world. In the fall of 2016, our members and friends donated $1,600 to the CROP Walk. Over the past eight years, our congregation has contributed $14,617 to the CROP Walk. Carlos Schaudel has been spearheading our congregation’s support of CROP for years. In fact, the first time that Carlos participated in the CROP Walk was when he was six years old.

25% of our donations to CWS through the CROP Walk are used to support the Lancaster County Council of Churches Food Bank. The remaining funds go to provide seeds and tools, to dig wells and water systems, to help with technical training and micro-loans to assist people in creating their own developmental programs to fight hunger.

Church World Service began in 1946 as a cooperative ministry of Christian denominations associated with the National Council of Churches in the US. CWS provides self-help, disaster relief and refugee assistance around the world. The hygiene kits that we assemble every year are sent to Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland, and from there are distributed by CWS to disaster areas in the US and around the globe. The refugees that our congregation has supported since the 1950’s came to the US through Church World Service.

By supporting Church World Service through the CROP Walk, we are contributing in a much larger way to relief than what we could do on our own.

Thank you for your support!