Carnella Clay stood in a shady spot behind Lexington's Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday shortly before the three-mile Greater Lexington CROP Walk began.
Clay said she was going to walk despite using a cane. "Last year, I had to use two canes," Clay said. "I'm going to keep walking until I can't."
Clay has been part of the walk to end hunger for at least a decade.
"We have a lot of people who get lost in the cracks," Clay said. "A lot of them are senior citizens that are on fixed incomes, and they don't have enough to pay for food."
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Clay was one of more than 400 walkers from 27 different churches and organizations who participated in this year's walk which included groups from Fayette, Scott, Woodford, Jessamine and Clark counties. The acronym CROP used to stand for Christian Rural Overseas Program, but that no longer applies to its full mission.
Last year's CROP walk raised more than $20,000. Of the money raised, 25 percent goes to God's Pantry Food Bank and 75 percent goes to Church World Service, a nonprofit ministry that has hunger eradication and other programs around the world.
Judy Maxson, the organizer of this year's Greater Lexington CROP walk, said the group's goal was to raise $25,000 this year.
"People can donate online up until March," Maxson said. "I always tell people not to buy me presents, I really don't need anything and to please make a donation in my name. It's online, so it's easy to do."
In addition to raising money, walkers also brought canned and non-perishable food items to donate to God's Pantry.
This was the 26th year for the walk and the 11th year it has been held at Second Presbyterian Church. It is the largest CROP walk in Kentucky. The walk began at the church off of Main Street and went through much of the city's East End.
John McCullough, president and CEO of Church World Service, told the hundreds of walkers gathered on Sunday that their fundraising efforts to end hunger have helped.
"Over the past 10 years, we have ended hunger for 100 million people," McCullough said. "We will not stop walking, and we will not stop working until hunger is erased."
Sunday was McCullough's first time in Lexington.
Clay said Sunday that she became aware of the walk through her church, St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. It's not hard to get donations for her walk every year, Clay said.
"Once we tell people that God's Pantry served 211,000 people last year, people open their wallets and give."
Beverly Downs, also of St. Peter Claver, said she knows how hard it can be to put food on the table. "I was a single mother of five, God's Pantry fed us a lot. You've got to give back."