CROP Walk volunteers dedicated

Congratulations to the organizers of this year’s CROP Hunger Walk, which drew more than 100 participants to Marietta’s River Trail Sunday afternoon.

And a big thumbs up to the people and organizations that donated money for the event. Their help is greatly appreciated.

Walkers raised money to help local food pantries. Hunger continues to be an ongoing problem in this area like it is in every community across the United States.

Here are some statistics about food in the U.S.:

– 50.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households.

– 17.2 million children in our country don’t get enough healthy food to eat.

-Households with children experience almost double the food insecurity rate of childless households.

– 5.6 million households relied on a food pantry one or more times in 2009.

We salute the efforts that went into this year’s CROP?Hunger Walk and hope participation continues for years to come. Unfortunately, that will mean hunger will continue to be an issue for many of our neighbors.

But, a dedicated group of people are working hard to fight hunger. And that’s a cause well worth the effort displayed Sunday on the River Trail.

If you want to learn more about CROP Walk, go to the Web site,