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Letter to the editor: CROP Walk was a big success

On behalf of all those who benefit from HOPE’s poverty relief services, thank you to all those who participated in the 2016 Addison County CROP Hunger Walk. The combined effort of our local organizers Patty Hallam and Ellen McKay, as well as participating organizations, teams and individuals led to a remarkable event and generated important revenue that will help HOPE to alleviate hunger in our community.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger in our hometowns and around the world. There are more than 1,000 CROP Hunger Walks each year across the United States, including one here in Middlebury. Hunger is a harsh reality for many in our community. HOPE operates the largest food shelf in Addison County and provided over 67,000 meals to low-income people in our community in 2016.
During the second half of the year, usage of our food shelf increased by 21 percent. Our local community’s participation in events like the Addison County CROP Hunger Walk helps raise awareness that many of our neighbors struggle to feed their families. Thank you to all who supported this important effort.
Heather Potter
Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects – HOPE
Middlebury

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