crop walk

WALKERS PROUDLY display the Help CROP signs as they take part in the CROP Walk. This year the walk is on Sunday, Oct. 14 starting at Benham Park in Placerville. Democrat file photo by Krysten Kellum


Walkers step up to overcome poverty

By From page B2 | October 08, 2012

What: CROP Walk

Who: Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty

Where: Benham Park, 3071 Benham St. in Placerville

When: Sunday, Oct. 14. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the walk is from 2 to 4 p.m.

Participation: $20 minimum donation

Information: Jo Ann Le Pere at 530-676-7181, e-mail [email protected] or

Seven El Dorado County churches are uniting to take steps to prevent poverty and hunger in El Dorado County.

El Dorado County’s Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) is sponsoring a walk on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Benham Park, 3071 Benham St. in Placerville. The walk has been  taking place since 2001.

Churches supporting the event are: Federated Church in Placerville, Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park, Cold Springs Community Church in Placerville, St. Patrick Catholic Church in Placerville, Foothills United Methodist Church in Rescue, Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Placerville and Temple Kol Shalom in El Dorado Hills.

Also sponsoring the walk is the Community Resource Center in Placerville. The non-profit organization assists at-risk and homeless families.

The walk starts at the park and continues down Main Street to Broadway. At the Mountain Democrat parking lot at 1360 Broadway, walkers will be treated to snacks and water courtesy of the Food Bank of El Dorado County, and then continue their walk back to the park for a 3-mile round trip.

“For many years the food bank has operated to feed those in need in our county,” said Jo Ann Le Pere, co-chairwoman of the CROP walk.

Le Pere said a minimum donation of $20 from walkers will be accepted the day of the event. Last year, 72 people participated and raised $13,840. Twenty-five percent of the funds went to the Housing Emergency Lodging Program known as HELP and the Community Resource Center. Doris Henke of Placerville raised the most money with $6,335.

“It was very successful,” said John Le Pere, Jo Ann’s husband and co-chairman of CROP.

Jo Ann said 25 percent of the money for this year’s walk will go to the county’s Community Resource Center and Hangtown Haven, both in Placerville.

The remaining 75 percent will go to Church World Services, which works with partners to “eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world” according to its Website.

People who wish to make a donation but cannot take part in the walk can make a donation by going online at Click on donate or walk as an individual.

The event will take place, no matter what the weather conditions are, Jo Ann said.

For more information contact the Le Peres at 530-676-7181, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Website

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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