Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Walk Outcome

Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

               Nelson Mandela
    Another very warm, Sept. 24th afternoon greeted 269 energetic Walkers ready to 'Help End Hunger One Step at a Time'.  Central Kentucky's only Walk to fight hunger and poverty, near and far, has raised to date nearly $23,000!  Although we did not achieve our 30th Anniversary $30,000 goal, we are hopeful that expected Christmas and end-of-year donations will be forthcoming.

    We represented a diverse, interfaith community of 25 church families and friends from 6 counties; Fayette, Scott, Woodford, Jessamine, Clark and Bourbon and 2 organizations; ONE and God's Pantry Food Bank.  We welcomed 'new' friends this year: Southern Hills United Methodist Church (UMC), Centenary UMC, Northeast Christian Church, Central Christian, Versailles Presbyterian, Clintonville Christian  and First Christian, Richmond KY.

     Gratitude to Providence Christian, Southern Hills UMC, Unitarian Universalist, East 2nd St. Christian Church, First Church of Christ, Scientist and Crestwood Christian youth and staff for their creative, informative educational stations along our 3 mile Walk downtown.  Many Thanks also to Crestwood Christian for hosting another successful ecumenical pre-Walk Youth-Poster Making Pizza gathering the prior Sunday.

      After 14 years of Walking Together with each one of you and yours, and working with Church World Service and God's Pantry Food Bank to make a difference in the lives of all God's children in need,  I am truly grateful for our commitments to 'be the change we want to see'.  Thanks to one and all for your time, energy, resources and dedication to Our Walk Mission! Looking forward to 2018!

      With Gratitude, Peace, Joy and Love,
      Judy Maxson, Walk organizer

Save these 2018 Dates!
Recruiter's Rally, Thurs. Aug. 23
Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk, Sun. Sept. 30th

Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Walk Preparation and Reminders

"When you are hungry, you can't think about anything else."
                     Juana "Janie" Mendez, 17
    Crestwood Christian Church was overflowing with energy and creativity Sun. Sept. 17th when 55 youth and 12 leaders gathered to meet new friends while playing robust games in the gym, eating pizza, sandwiches, fruit and cookies and making colorful, unique posters to carry on our Walk, Sept. 24th.  Abundant Gratitude to Rev. Kory, Rev. Trish, Casey and team for hosting another successful ecumenical  event that brought together 'Walking' youth from Providence Christian (Jessamine CO), Central Christian, East 2nd St. Christian, First Christian (Winchester) and Crestwood. 

Friendly Reminders as we prepare for next Sunday's Walk:

  • We are 'GREEN' and it will be a warm day!  DO bring, and REMIND others, your own water bottle which can be refilled at Southern Hills UMC Water Station. E. Main/MLK.

  • Youth Leaders: save time at 3 PM registration!  Print a sign- in- sheet (includes statement of consent) from CROP Hunger Walk's resource center to complete and bring with you.  3:25 send-off message. Walk begins promptly at 3:30.

  • Crossing guard volunteers will be located at the major intersections.  BUT, everyone MUST  Walk on the sidewalks and adhere to traffic lights.  The route will be well marked with official posters.  Strollers, wagons, dogs are bicycles, skateboards.

  • Our 'cash' fund raising continues through Oct. 31st and ON-line donations accepted through Dec.  Let's continue our efforts so we can Celebrate reaching our 30th Anniversary,  $30,000 goal!

  • Print your on-line confirmation donation receipt and take with you (or give to someone) to ALFALFA's for Brunch or take-out SUNDAY, 9-2 PM.  They will donate 20% (before sales tax) to our mission.  GOOD NEWS! indeed.

  • Bring a can(s) protein food (tuna, chicken, p.butter) to donate to God's Pantry station.

  • T-shirts will be sold; profits to our Walk (this year's style $12, others $8)

  • Abundant Thanks! to Providence Christian, Southern Hills UMC, Crestwood Christian, Unitarian Universalist, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian, East 2nd St. Christian and Christian Science for giving all Walkers visual, interactive moments of reflection as to why we are Walking in Solidarity for all our neighbors in need of the most basic human rights!

          See you and yours Sunday!
              Judy M., Walk organizer

Our 3-mile 2017 Hunger Walk Route

Monday, August 28, 2017

Plans for the 2017 CROP Hunger Walk

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
what are you doing for others?" 
                      Martin Luther King

        The Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk will be Sunday Sept. 24th, at Second Presbyterian Church, E. Main St.  Registration and check-in begins at 3:00 PM.  Meet and greet fellowship activities will include poster making, a visit to God's Pantry Food Bank station to donate a can(s) hi-protein food, discover how you can support the 'ONE' campaign's fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases in Africa at their station, purchase and wear the 'new' 2017 Walk T-shirt, gather for group pictures, etc. 3:25 will be our send-off message. The 3 mile experiential Walk (and bus service) begins promptly at 3:30. (the walk route map and more specific info will be posted here after Sept. 12th).

        A productive, exciting Recruiter's Rally was held Aug. 17th. Andrew Gifford, our Church World Service liaison, Columbus, Ohio, shared Good News following his recent visits to Myanmar and South Vietnam. He explained how a portion of the 75% funds raised in the 2016 national Walks has contributed to the successful nutrition and hygiene educational programs now in place for thousands of our global neighbors in Asia. Rebecca Wallace, God's Pantry Food Bank, expressed gratitude for our 25% grant which helped provide 71,000 meals and snacks to Kid's Cafe, Back Pack and Summer Feeding programs.   Yes, indeed we DO make a difference!c
   MARK your Calendars!  Sunday, Sept. 17th, 4-6 PM,    Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Dr. Lex!!
Ecumenical Poster-making and Pizza Party for ALL  youth, their leaders and parents!  Abundant Thanks! to Rev. Kory Wilcoxson  and Casey McDonald for once again hosting this creative, interfaith event.
PLEASE contact Casey ( or Judy Maxson ( before Sept. 14th with the number of people we can expect from your church or organization. THANK YOU!
       With the addition of committed recruiters representing 'new' congregations and organizations, my team and I are confident that we will reach our $30,000 goal this 30th year!  I am grateful for each participating Walker and Team Member's  dedication to our Walk mission!  For we are bringing gifts of HOPE, sharing HELP and restoring DIGNITY to all God's children in need of the most basic human rights. Thank You!

     Walking Together in peace, joy and love,
       Judy Maxson, Walk organizer

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2016 Hunger Walk Update

"This is one community. It's important to demonstrate that we work together. We are one."
                  Rick Clewett of the Temple Adath Israel
....and YES, we were one on that very warm, sunny Sept. 25th!  On behalf of all our neighbors for whom we WALKED; nearly 300 of us..... GAVE; nearly $25,000 just now..... and CHANGED their WORLD, extreme gratitude to each person that gave their time, energy, funds, creativity -- and most of all your compassion and love to this mission.

       These past several years my team and I have focused on 'growing' the diversity of the WALK mission. We've made progress with including churches, organizations and groups from other surrounding counties. I am grateful to Angelique Bell, friend, Walk participate, and volunteer with ONE for inviting members of Temple Adath Israel and Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque to walk with us. What a joyful blessing to welcome new friends to the Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk!

   Many Thanks to God's Pantry Food Bank, ONE, East 2nd St. Christian Church, Unitarian Universalist, Maxwell Presbyterian and First Christian Church, Winchester youth groups and sponsors for complementing our Walk experience with their informative educational stations. Kudos! to Crestwood Christian Church youth and leaders, Casey and Patrick, for once again hosting our pre-Walk poster party! Not only did they bring many bright, creative posters to the Walk...but 34 Walkers!

       Gratitude also to our business partner, Alfalfa Restaurant, for their sponsorship and donation!  Other new participants this year: Mason & Hanger Group Inc., St. Luke's Methodist, 1st United Methodist and Crossroads Christian Church. Altogether, friends from 25 churches/temple/mosque representing 5 counties and 4 organizations Walked in solidarity to continue our fight against hunger and poverty here and around the world.

   One of my many blessings is having the honor and joy to partner with each one of you and yours every year as we plan and create another amazing, productive community event! You are all a part of saving lives and changing futures. As we Give Thanks this Thanksgiving, celebrate Christmas and Holiday Joy, do consider sharing more of your bountiful blessings to support the anti-hunger programs of CWS (Church World Service) and God's Pantry Food Bank at

        THANK YOU!
        Walking together with Blessings of Peace, Joy and Love,
           Judy Maxson, Organizer

SAVE these 2017 Dates!
   Thursday, Aug. 17th, 7 PM: Recruiter's Rally, at 2nd Presbyterian
   Sunday, Sept. 24th, 3 PM: Greater Lex. CROP (Communities
        Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The 2016 CROP Hunger Walk

One Step at a Time.

    The Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk will be SUNDAY, SEPT. 25th at Second Presbyterian Church, E. Main St.  This will be Lexington's 29th Walk and 13th year that 2nd Presbyterian will host Central KY's only Walk that fights global hunger. A grassroots mission of Church World Service (CWS), the national hunger walks raise funds and awareness to end hunger.  This is more than a 'church' event; this is a community Walking in solidarity with ALL our sisters, brothers and children struggling with hunger and poverty. It is open to all those caring to make a difference.

    AND what a difference we made last year!  For the first time ever, we surpassed our $25,000 goal by $760.00! Our 25% grant to God's Pantry Food Bank provided over 51,000 meals to our food-insecure friends in Central and Eastern KY. Church World Service receives 75% of the funds which assist global communities to gain access to clean water, begin a community garden, train local farmers with sustainable agriculture techniques, etc. A $100.00 donation will train 25 farmers.  A $20.00 gift will supply a year of micro-nutrient packets to a child in a CWS Therapeutic Feeding Center; enough to bring a malnourished child to a healthy standard of living. Yes, we are destined to share our bounty with "the least of these."

     A PRE-WALK Poster-making Party for all participating youth, their leaders, clergy and parents will be Sunday, SEPT. 18th, 4-6 PM at Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Dr. Lex.  Abundant Thanks to Casey and Patrick for hosting this ecumenical, energizing, creative youth event again this year! PLEASE contact Casey McDonald or Stacey Stone before THURS. SEPT. 15th to 'sign-up' for this FUN celebration!

WALK DAY, SEPT. 25th Info:

    Since Alfalfa Restaurant, E. Main St., donates a percentage of their total sales on WALK DAY, do plan to enjoy a scrumptious brunch the 25th! Thank them for being our enthusiastic partner last year and now!
    BRING with you: At least one other person!, a water bottle (refills available at 1st Christian Church, Winchester's Water Station in Gratz Park), non-perishable protein food (peanut butter, can chicken, tuna) for God's Pantry, good walking shoes, posters to carry!  Strollers, dogs OK but please! NO scooters, bikes, skateboards.
    3:00 PM: Arrive and register (if not already completed on-line) BUT DO 'sign-in' to be counted and receive a WALK sticker. Meet and greet fellowship activities will include more poster making, purchase a $12.00 Walk T-shirt to wear, learn more about the "ONE" campaign, visit God's Pantry Food Bank station, group pictures, etc.
    3:25 PM: Responsive CROP Hunger Walk Litany and Send-off.
    3:30 PM: 3-mile experiential Walk through downtown, historic Gratz Park, and South Hill. Our Walk is NOT a race. Take time to learn more about hunger/poverty at the educational stations.  Follow the Walk signs! Remain on the sidewalks and PLEASE be mindful of uneven concrete! Crossing guard volunteers will be stationed at busy intersections. NO jaywalking!  Thank You!  The 2nd church bus will be provided again this year and will stop at the educational stations along the route. One can ride/walk as needed....or ride the entire route. 

      Gratitude to the many committed recruiters, Team Leaders and participants from 5 counties that are motivating and mobilizing their churches and organizations, to all our on-line Spirit Walkers from near and far, and to the many volunteers that assist my team and me with coordinating this worthy mission! We are bringing gifts of HOPE, sharing HELP and restoring DIGNITY to all God's children in need of the most basic human rights. Hunger is NOT an issue of charity but an issue of Justice!

       Walking together in peace, joyful blessings and love,
            Judy Maxson, Walk Coordinator  

The 2016 Downtown 3-mile Experiential Walk
Click for larger view

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Hunger Walk Review

     "I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot;
together we can do great things."  Mother Teresa

       Oh, how Mother Teresa's spirit is smiling on our generous, caring, loving CROP Hunger Walk community! To the 340 plus Walkers representing 27 churches/organizations from 5 counties, the many dedicated recruiters and pastors, numerous volunteers: Let us Rejoice in our good work!

       To date, we have raised over $23,000!  We've ONLY had one other year in our Walk's history that we did as well!  Since we have received Thanksgiving and Christmas donations in the past, and hope this will happen over the next few weeks too, our total gift(s) to Church World Service and God's Pantry Food Bank can be more of a blessing to all of our hungry sisters, brothers and children here....and there. Additional Spirit-Walking gifts may be made through March 2016 on the Crop Hunger Walk website.

       Let us also Celebrate our successful pre-Walk poster making/pizza party, Sept. 20th!  Abundant Thanks to Crestwood Christian Church youth leaders, Patrick and Casey, for offering to host this event.  Along with Stacey Stone, our Walk's educational leader, they planned a creative evening of fun and fellowship for nearly 50 youth, pastors and assistants. One could not miss all the informative, colorful posters carried on the Walk. Kudos! to Casey, Patrick and youth for already 'asking' to host this popular event next Fall.  Gratitude to Crestwood Christian, Good Shepherd Episcopal, Unitarian Universalist, First Church of Christ Scientist and Victory Christian youth and sponsors for enriching our Walk experience with their informative, interactive educational stations.

        We welcomed 12 new, energetic friends from Central KY Taiwanese American Association; "we are so pleased to participate and we will be back next year and bring more people with us." It was grand to have Faith Lutheran Church and Maxwell Presbyterian return to our mission this year.  A few walkers from Calvary Baptist and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic joined us Walk Day. Yeah! 9 churches can claim more than 15 walkers each!

        WOW! Our mission was the front page lead article, pictures too!, the following morning in the Herald-Leader newspaper-still available at  This was the first year that a local business was eager to support our mission. Gratitude to Alfalfa Restaurant for promoting the Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk and for their donation!  May we appreciate their goodwill with brunching/dining there a few times over this next year.

        Once again, I am very grateful to have the honor and joy to continue our work together this coming year!  Thanks again to each one of you for giving your time, energy, creativity and donations to support the mission of our Walk!

        Blessings of Peace, Joy and Love,
        Judy Maxson
SAVE these 2016 Dates:
      Recruiter's Rally, Thurs. Aug. 18th, 7 PM
      Walk, Sunday, Sept. 25th, 3 PM 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

2015 Walk Day Info

"There are people in the world so hungry, that God
cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
                Mahatma Gandhi

#E1-B1  Each One - Bring One to the Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk

Sunday, Sept. 27, 3:00 PM
2nd Presbyterian Church, E. Main/Ransom
           The ONLY Central/Eastern KY Hunger Walk is NOT just a church event. But we are a 'Labor of Love' community, walking in solidarity with ALL of our sisters, brothers and children, near and far, in their struggle to feed their families and secure access to clean, safe water. And, YES!, our neighbors in 50 counties served by God's Pantry Food Bank and served by Church World Service benefit from our fund raising efforts!  Last year, GPFB was able too provide nearly 27,000 meals with their 25% grant. One of the many CWS programs that received funds from the 1300 national 'grassroots' CROP Hunger Walks was improving access to clean water, sanitation, and food to 6,000 people in Indonesia. Much progress has been made these past several years for tens of thousands of lives... but yet, there is far to go. ( and

             No one has ever become poor by giving. We are a generous community.  We have the resources to educate our communities that Hunger is Real and Hunger is Near. I truly believe our caring, compassionate community can reach our long-hopeful goal of $25,000 this year.  I know we can do this! If not already done; I'm requesting that your church, civic club, organization, school sign-up your TEAM TODAY ... and then follow-up with sharing WHY you are Walking (go to Participant Center).  The right column of this blog has a direct link to the on-line site OR go to  Promote the Walk on your social media and CROP Hunger Walk's FB.

        WALK DAY INFO:

    Arrive 3 PM to register and fellowship.  Activities will include poster-making (BRING plenty of your own SIGNS too), purchase Walk T-shirt, $12 (proceeds donated), hopeful face painting, God's Pantry Food Bank station (BRING non perishable item (protein foods needed!), "ONE" Campaign representatives, group pictures...and more.
    3:25 pm- CROP Hunger Walk Litany responsive send off. Memorial minute for recently deceased, Carnella Clay. Our tireless, passionate St. Peter Claver Church recruiter these past several years.
   3:30 PM....WALK begins....ALL new route through Eastside, Kenwick and Bell House. 

             We have 'new' groups presenting experiential stations along the musicians too!  Our youth devote much thought,time, and energy developing their educational stations. DO STOP at each station! not only reflect on YOUR blessings but to appreciate their work. Our Walk is NOT a Race. FOLLOW THE WALK SIGNS!  NO JAYWALKING!  REMAIN on the SIDEWALKS and please, be mindful of uneven places. THANK YOU!

             We are 'GREEN'.  BRING your own water bottle. Refills at Victory Christian Church's water station.

             Lakshman will drive the 2nd Pres. van for those unable to Walk the 3 miles.  He will stop at the 'stations'.

             Gratitude to the many committed leaders and participants from 5 counties that are mobilizing their churches/groups, to all of our Spirit Walkers that are donating on line and to the many volunteers that help my team and I coordinate this worthy mission!  We are putting our faith into action to Share Help, Bring Gifts of Hope and Advocate for ALL of God's children.

        Abundant Thanks!
        Judy Maxson, Coordinator Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk

The 2015 Walk Route. Click for larger view.