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CROP Walk raises nearly $27K to fight hunger

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More than 260 people walked for the cause, helping raise more than $26,500. More than 260 people walked for the cause, helping raise more than $26,500.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

For 36 years, Sioux City has been walking to fight hunger. Last year, it produced record numbers of participants and funds.

Jo Lear is once again walking with a purpose, something she's been doing for decades.

"Our daughter's 29 years old, I hope you don't mind us saying that," said Jo Lear. "And we pushed her in a stroller around the mental health institute of Cherokee for our first CROP walk."

Not quite 4 years old, her granddaughter Paige, is equally excited to leave her stroller and hit the trail.

"She's been talking about CROP walk for about two weeks," said Lear.

CROP is communities responding to overcome poverty. Across the country, more than 1,100 of these walks take place every year.

"What's really exciting is that the Sioux City CROP walk last year was 84th in the nation," said Lear.

"It's incredible. This is the first time that we've ever ranked in the top 100 of walks last year," said Carolyn Goodwin, one of the walk's organizers.

Several church and school groups raised money from community members, and then walked together.

"After we told them what it was for, they were perfectly fine with it and they would give, like, $10, then we got a bunch of people to do it, so it added up," said Rachael Clark of Sioux City.

Several people, like Clark brought in more than $100 a piece, making each of their steps feel even more valuable. Twenty-five percent of the money raised stays in Siouxland, and the rest goes to fight hunger across the country.

"It feels good because we know that we're helping other people who need it more than we do," said Clark.

More than 260 people walked for the cause, helping raise more than $26,500.

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