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LETTER: Hunger walk is fitting tribute to McGovern

To the Editor:

We walk because they walk.

In light of the recent death of Sen. George McGovern, it was entirely fitting that nearly 100 DWU students and Mitchell residents gathered at the historic Farwell Church to walk to stop world hunger. Yes, this was just merely a symbolic gesture and yet walkers had pledge sheets, and monies raised went to Church World Service with 15 percent going to the Mitchell Area Food Pantry. I feel so fortunate to be in the company of such kindred spirits as we try one step at a time to address world and local hunger.

Church World Services has been active in humanitarian relief throughout the world since World War II in Europe. Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) has held walks throughout the U.S. since 1969 with the first in North Dakota. More information can be found online for Church World Services.

While attending several McGovern conferences at DWU, it was refreshing to come to see the number of NGOs and nonprofits that are in the field helping those of this world who need our help. I feel so fortunate to have been able to attend these gatherings learning more about relief agencies and witnessing Sen. George McGovern's desire to help in these humanitarian efforts. Let us keep the memory of Sen. McGovern alive by being involved, being "at the table."

We will walk again next year. See you there.