Walk to help hungry and poor veterans

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To honor veterans Sunday on Veterans Day many participated in the 2018 Heart of Texas Crop Hunger Walk.

The annual event took place at Waco’s Bledsoe Miller Park. 

People walked to raise awareness and money for hungry and poor veterans.

The bad weather didn’t stop dozens of them coming out. 

Katie Cook, the event’s coordinator says, ” People who have served our country are homeless and hungry and without jobs.” 

Proceeds from the walk will help Caritas of Waco, a local non profit organization dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty.     
Cook says, “People who are hungry for food are also hungry for hope and are hungry for people who care about them.” 

According to Buddy Edwards, the executive director for Caritas, about 30 percent of people in McLennan County live in poverty. 

He says, “If they don’t have adequate education, if they are not able to have job skills that are required to get a good job, it is difficult for so many people to get out of poverty.” 

The Church World Service sponsored the event. 

Edwards says, “McLennan County is well blessed to have so many individuals who care deeply about the concerns that we are facing in our community, they are giving their time, they are giving their resources.” 

Organizers remind everyone not to take food for granted. 

Cook says, “It would be a good thing for us to keep a food journal and write down everything we have eaten in one day and to think about people who can’t do that.”

If you wish to get involved or participate in the upcoming events, visit www. mclennancounty.org or www.crophungerwalk.org.  

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