Northern Nevadans Walk To Fight Hunger

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Over one hundred people in Reno got into the holiday spirit a little bit early this year by walking to fight hunger in the Truckee Meadows and all over the world.

Sunday was the 16th Annual Hunger Walk involving the Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, also known as C.R.O.P.

Volunteer Shelly Beard says the future looks secure for a tradition dating back to 1991. That's because these kids are coming from churches and schools that stretch all the way to Dayton to help fight the war on hunger.

"I'm always encouraged to see young people," says Beard. "They will continue to do that for the rest of their lives."

Casey McNeill and his family were walking for the first time. He says this is a great opportunity to spend time together and teach his kids an important lesson.

"It gives them a chance to show not everyone has a meal at night or for breakfast."

Twenty-five percent of the expected $115 thousand raised goes to three different local agencies. The remaining funds are distributed to 80 countries in need.

Kids help raise the money by getting people to sponsor them during their three mile walk. Other donations like sandwiches, soup and pasta allow people like Nancy Behles to get food when they need it most.

"it's very nice," says Behles. "It's the holidays and people need stuff. I signed up for food stamps but I have to wait until the end of the month."

"The people that receive the money are very thankful," says Beard. "Their gratitude is very heartwarming."