Worthington News

Fall Harvest Festival adds CROP Walk


Food and fun for the whole family will be on the menu at the Fall Harvest Festival on Oct. 14.

The annual fundraiser for the Healthy Worthington Resource Center and Food Pantry will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Center, 32 Wesley Blvd., across from the Worthington fire department.

For the first time, the Worthington CROP Hunger Walk will co-sponsor the festival. The CROP Walk begins at 1 p.m. at the festival.

Walkers will be able to eat at the festival prior to stepping off for the walk, which will raise money for the local food pantry and for disaster relief, safe water programs and food and crop sustainability programs in the United States and abroad.

The harvest festival will feature crafts organized by the Worthington Libraries and the Girl Scouts, face painting, field games, balloon animals, a book giveaway from Half Price Books, music from Grassaholand food from Hungry Hound Hot Dog.

Pumpkins will be given to those making a donation of food or money to the food pantry.

The festival is free.

The Healthy Worthington Resource Center and Food Pantry, at 445 E. Granville Road, on the campus of the former Harding Hospital, provides food for needy families in the Worthington school district.

In August, it served 384 families -- 1,188 individuals.

The pantry relies on donations of food and money. A list of food and personal items most needed is online at worthingtonfoodpantry.org.

CROP Walks are held in more than 1,600 communities each year. Walkers raise money for Church World Service.

Twenty-five percent of the CROP funds raised will go to the local food pantry.