Come rain or shine, many area residents are gearing up to join in the Rockford CROP Hunger Walk at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19. The 5-kilometer walk will begin and end at the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Organized locally, the Rockford Area CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 250 walkers and hopes to raise $25,000 to help stop hunger here in our community and around the world, through self-help development initiatives. A portion of the funds raised locally will go to the Greater Rockford Pantry Coalition, a group of 14 pantries and soup kitchens, and to the Hunger Connection, a Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year, 200 walkers raised more than $19,600 in the Rockford Area CROP Hunger Walk. The Rockford Area CROP Hunger Walk is one of some 2,000 interfaith community CROP Walks taking place around the country this year under the theme You can make a difference. Africa is one part of the world where CROP Walks are making a big differencein helping people grow food for their families, in providing clean water to villages, in the struggle against AIDS epidemics, and in countless other ways. CROP walkers understand some of the ways they are helping to make a differencewith assistance for uprooted families around the world… with water resource development efforts across Africa… with the more than 3,200 local food pantries, food banks, and meal sites in the United States who are providing food to neighbors in need. For more information about the Rockford Area CROP Hunger Walk, contact Cindy Lynn Ostergard at (815) 972-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.cropwalk.org.