MANATEE -- More than 80 walkers hoofed it across the Green Bridge from Palmetto to Bradenton and back again Sunday afternoon to raise money to fight hunger in Manatee County and far away.
Twenty-five percent of the money, raised for the Crop Hunger Walk, goes to Our Daily Bread locally, and the rest goes to 40 countries with high infant mortality rates.
The local walkers took part in one of 35 Crop Hunger Walks, sponsored by Church World Service, held Sunday around Florida.
Edith Spears and Anita Giuliano of Christ Episcopal Church of Bradenton have been doing the walk for eight years. They and other walkers met at Palmetto First United Methodist Church to start the walk.
"We have a ball. We're in good health and it's our way of giving back. It just makes you feel good," Giuliano said.
"That's for sure," Spears said.
Although the three-mile walk was not a race, someone had to finish first and that was Beth Escobar of Christ Episcopal Church.
"I like to walk on my own most of the time, but this is a worthy cause," Escobar said as she made her way up the Green Bridge.
A tally of what walkers raised was not available at press time.
Contributing teams of walkers to Crop Hunger Walk were Faith United Church of Christ, Manatee United Methodist Church, Manatee Unitarian Universalist Church, Family of God United Methodist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Roser Memorial Community Church, Ellenton United Methodist Church, Palmetto First United Methodist Church, and Westminster Towers, Shores and Manor Communities.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 941-745-7021 or tweet@jajones1.