Over 16,000 children die daily from hunger related diseases. Hundreds of thousands people in our world don’t know when or where their next meal will come from.

Over 16,000 children die daily from hunger related diseases.  Hundreds of thousands people in our world don’t know when or where their next meal will come from.  

Those are astounding numbers and most people here in the mid-west think they represent third world countries or very large cities with lots of crime, drugs and poverty.  

However, there are hundreds right here in the Lake of the Ozarks area who are also going to bed hungry and have few resources for clothing, shelter and basic hygiene needs.   Local food banks have seen a tremendous increase in need the past few years.  

The Lake of the Ozarks community has responded to those needs continuously and vigorously. 

This is a relatively small community with a large population of “part-time” residents.  Yet there is a tremendous outpouring of “giving” to those in need.  This is apparent by the many fundraising events held in the area — from small, grass roots efforts to large corporations.  The people at the Lake have great big hearts,

The Lake of the Ozarks CROP Hunger Walk is one such event that is off to a great start this year due to the energetic efforts of local churches and businesses. CROP is sponsored by Church World Service whose purpose is to reduce hunger and poverty worldwide. 

Seventy-five percent of funds raised go to CWF and 25 percent of all funds collected locally will go to HOPE House Food Bank.  This year’s CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Saturday, September 13 with registration starting at 9:30 at Ruthie D’s Restaurant parking lot at Bittersweet and Horseshoe Bend Parkway in Lake Ozark. 

Five local restaurants have committed to jump-start this fundraising effort by donating a portion of their daily receipts and/or tips to CROP Hunger Walk. 

They have played a very large role in helping us meet our fundraising goals the past four years.  Please mark your calendars and support them and CROP walk with your meal purchases and generous tips:


•Golden Corral: Saturday, August 9 from 4-8 pm. Bring a table full of people and tip your favorite Celebrity Waiter!

•Half-Sauced Barbeque: Thursday, August 14, 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

•Culver’s: Wednesday, August 20, 4 to 8 p.m.

•Chili’s: Thursday, August 21, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

•Bob Evans: Sunday, September 7, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Call Bette Taylor, 365-7805 or visit www.lakeoftheozarkscropwalk.org to sign up for the walk, make on-line donations and view a video of last year’s walk.  If you would like a CROP Hunger Walk packet contact Dale Daniels, 480-0070.

You can Walk or “Rock” (we will have rocking chairs available for those who cannot walk). Together we can stomp out hunger “One Step at a Time.”