Eastern Van Buren CROP Walk distributes proceeds to local food pantries

Representing the food pantries are, from left: front row - Barb Farris, Mattawan Area Pantry;  Sue Danielson, Eleanor’s Pantry; and Jan Buckman, Friends of Decatur Human Services; back row - Mary Lou Hartwell, Eastern Van Buren County CROP Hunger Walk chairperson; Jan Steffan, SDA Community Service Center; and Dee Clement, Gobles-Kendall Area Ministerial Food Pantry. The Lawrence Community Food Pantry was also a check recipient.

The 2019 Eastern Van Buren County CROP Hunger Walk total of $15,376.15, was distributed equally ($659.54) to six area food pantries.

    PAW PAW - The 2019 Eastern Van Buren County CROP Hunger Walk total has been announced, ac-cording to the walk director.
    Mary Lou Hartwell said, “While our collections this year were down a little, we did collect $15,376.15. This amount will make a difference in our local pantries and to others around the world. Every dollar we collect helps someone who is in need. That is such a blessing to them.”
    According to Hartwell, four youth groups qualified for the “Youth Challenge” which gave Eastern Van Buren County CROP Hun-ger Walk an additional $500.
    “Thank you to those kids who opened their hearts to help this year,” said Hart-well.
    The six area food pantries, each the recipient of $659.54 include: Eleanor’s Pantry, Mattawan Area Pantry, Decatur Human Services, SDA Community Service Center, Gobles Kendall Area Ministerial Food Pantry and Lawrence  Community Food Pantry.
    Hartwell announced that this will be her last year as CROP Walk director.
    “I have enjoyed all my years working with you and have made so many new friends.  You folks have the biggest hearts and always have shown nothing but love for this mission.”
    Hartwell said Tim Davis, of RedArrow Ministries has accepted to fill the director’s post for next year.
    “I know he will do a great job.  I have agreed to help him next year with what to do and when he needs to do it. I also have agreed to stay on as treasurer to do year-end reports.
    Hartwell also said the group is looking for additional board members to join the three current board members.
    “These folks are great and have agreed to remain on the board, but Tim will need more members.  This is not a real time consuming position, but an important one.”
    Hartwell said, “I felt a real excitement this year on the day of the walk.  I hope this will continue into the future for many walks ahead. Thank you all again for all your many years of walking to help fight hunger.”

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