The fourth annual Food for All Walk joint venture between two Clintonville Lutheran churches is in the offing.

Volunteers from North Community Lutheran Church and Clinton Heights Lutheran Church will be wearing out shoe leather on several Saturdays to collect food for the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.

Jan Patton of North Community Lutheran said the bags will be dropped off July 27 at businesses along North High Street between the two churches.

"We're giving the businesses more of a heads-up time," she said. "Sometimes they need to contact corporate headquarters."

Food bags for residents will be distributed Aug. 11.

The collection date for bags at both businesses and homes is Aug. 25, Patton said.

Participation in Food for All weekends has become something of a tradition for members of the churches, according to Nick Bates of Clinton Heights Lutheran.

"The congregations, we vary quite a bit in age range, and a lot of the families and younger folks enjoy getting out there and walking," he said.

The older members, not so much, but they participate by donating food, Bates indicated.

"It's just one other way to get out in the community to show Clintonville as a faith community we care about all our brothers and sisters, especially those who are struggling to get by," he added. "Obviously, we're always looking for more people to participate and be involved. It's all about figuring out the best way to do things.

"People are still hungry. Families are still struggling, in spite of our supposed economic recovery."

Last year's Food for All Walk brought in 2,600 pounds of food for the CRC pantry, Patton said.

"Certainly, we would love to double that," she said. "We really want to help replenish their pantry."

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