Representatives of churches who regularly participate in the Mitchell County Crop Walk

Representatives of churches who regularly participate in the Mitchell County Crop Walk, from left, Pastor Paul Brown, First Baptist Church, Osage; Dean Pohren, Crop Walk Co-Chair and member of Eden Presbyterian Church; Leo Chisholm, director of Mitchell County Food Bank; Crop Walk Co-Chair Jackie Reams, and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Osage; Pastor Bryan Lagerstam, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Osage; and Larry Bird, Osage Alliance Church; middle, Irma Linskey, St. Isidore Catholic Parish,; Margaret Smolik, St. Isidore Catholic Parish; Barbara Jeffries, First UMC, Osage; Pastor Gary Gilbert, David Community Church; and Eric Jellum, Rock Creek Lutheran Church; back, Roberta Huffman, St. Isidore Catholic Parish; Pastor Sam Mack, First UMC, Osage; Virginia Neeley, St. Ansgar United Methodist Church; and Fern Weber, First UMC, Osage.

DEB NICKLAY/For The Press-News

Organizers and participants of the 2012 CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk presented a check for $1,544.91 to the Mitchell County Food Bank last week, representing 25 percent of funds raised in last year’s events.

This year’s event will be held Sunday, Oct. 13. Registration begins at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Osage, and the walk begins at 1:30 p.m.

Each year, the walk raises funds in partnership with Church World Service (CWS), an international relief, development, and refugee resettlement agency.

Money raised by CROP Hunger Walks nationwide is used by CWS to provide food, medical care, disaster relief, and self-help development for needy people around the world.

In MitchellCounty, $6,179.65 was raised last year through pledges. In addition to the money donated to the food bank, $4,634.65 went to Church World Service projects.

Churches that participated in last year’s walk included First Baptist Church, Osage; Osage Alliance Church; St. Isidore Catholic Parish, Osage and Stacyville; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Osage; United Church of Christ, Osage; David Community Church; Eden Presbyterian Church, Rudd; St. Ansgar United Methodist Church; First United Methodist Church, Osage; New Covenant Church, Osage; Little Cedar United Methodist Church; St. Peter’s Catholic Church, New Haven; Rock Creek Lutheran Church, Osage; First Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar, Prairie Lakes Church, Osage; and Trinity Lutheran Church, Osage.

Co-chairs of the Mitchell County Crop Walk are Dean Pohren and Jackie Reams.

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