Saturday, May 16, the 8 congregations of the Kirkland Interfaith Network will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Kirkland CROP Hunger Walk. In 1985, 260 people of different faiths took to the streets of Kirkland to raise money to address the problem of hunger. Almost $6800 was raised that year for Church World Service, the national sponsor of the CROP walk program, money that went for disaster relief and development assistance to alleviate the crisis of hunger in the developing world. Church World Service is an ecumenical organization, with the support of many denominations, a good fit for this interfaith group.
Over the years, the devoted walkers of the Kirkland Interfaith Network (KIN) have raised $280,000 to address the challenges of hungry people everywhere, with $45,000 going for local hunger relief through Hopelink, which provides our local food bank at its Kirkland/Northshore Center. The Kirkland CROP Hunger Walk also evolved into the CROP Hunger Work-Walk, combining a traditional fundraising walk with a 2 hour work party at the food bank, sorting the food that is collected by the Letter Carriers' Food Drive the previous Saturday.
Something new this year for the 30th anniversary -- a walk on the beautiful new Cross Kirkland Corridor, starting at Hopelink, and walking 3 miles on the corridor and through downtown, to end with a lunch at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Anyone in Kirkland who cares about hungry people here and abroad is welcome to join us, or to sponsor our efforts. To walk or donate, simply register on the CROP Walk website, cropwalk.org, for the Kirkland CROP Hunger Work-Walk. Online fundraising is easy! Use your social networks to spread the word about your efforts, and then meet us at at 11:30 Hopelink's Kirkland/Northshore Center, 11011 120th Ave. NE, with your walking shoes on. We'll help you get back to your car after lunch. The work party is a lot of fun and starts at 9:15, but the number of participants is limited, so please contact KIN first (email@example.com or 425-822-7084) to be sure we can accommodate you.
The Kirkland Interfaith Network is a group of 8 Kirkland congregations: Holy Family Parish, Holy Spirit Lutheran, Kirkland Congregational (United Church of Christl, the Kirkland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, Lake Washington Christian (Disciples of Christ), Lake Washington United Methodist, Northlake Unitarian Universalist, and St. John's Episcopal. More information about KIN can be found at kirklandinterfaith.net.