A group of local churches wants to educate Reno County residents about hunger and walk to end it.

The Reno County C.R.O.P. Walk is slated for 1:15 p.m. Oct. 4 at Rice Park. The Community Church of the Brethren and several other Hutchinson congregations are leading the renewed effort to raise money for U.S. and global hunger, said Tonia Alford, a C.R.O.P. Walk volunteer.

The 4-mile walk goes from Rice Park to Carey Park. Participants can walk all of it or part of it, she said.

C.R.O.P. stands for Church Rural Overseas Program. For years, Alford said, the county had an active C.R.O.P. fundraiser, but when a pastor leading the walk moved away, the event disappeared in the county. Alford said her church has been working to revive the event over the past few years.

Last year, five churches helped with the walk, raising nearly $2,800.

About 25 percent of the funds raised stay local. Last year, money was given to the Reno County Food Bank, she said.

Funds also go to solving food and water issues worldwide.

According to the Church World Service the organization that walk funds ultimately funnel to 11 percent of the global population (783 million people) still remain without access to an improved source of drinking water. The organization also reports that 1 billion people worldwide live in poverty.

Alford said $30 will drill one meter of a shallow borehole well, providing clean drinking water for a community. And $12 can provide 200 micronutrient packets for malnourished children.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. at Rice Park Gazebo. The walk is at 1:15 p.m. All workers get a free T-shirt. No preregistration is required, Alford said. Water and popcorn will be at the end of the walk at Carey Park.

People can register individually or as a team online at http://hutch.news/cropwalk, as well as donate. Other walks in Kansas are also listed.

For more details about the Reno County walk, call June Switzer at (620) 728-5810 or by email at ejswitzer@cox.net. Or Call Alford at (620) 200-2314.