Church congregations from throughout the area came together Sunday afternoon to raise funds for local and world hunger during the annual CROP Hunger Walk held at the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport.

Shirley Radler, organizer of the event, noted that 128 walkers and five dogs raised $2,735.61, with more funds anticipated.

Taking part in the walk were members of the following churches: Trinity Lutheran Church, Zion UCC, All Saints Episcopal, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, First Presbyterian, all of Lehighton; St. Matthews, Franklin Township; Dinkey Memorial and Ben Salem, both of East Penn Township; St. John's Church, Mahoning Township; Jacob's UCC, Weissport; Grace/Zion Lutheran, Packerton; and Jordan UCC, Allentown.

Approximately one fourth of the funds will be donated to Lehighton Trinity Pantry and the remaining funds will be donated to help fight hunger and poverty around the world through Church World Service's relief and development programs. The Lehighton Trinity Pantry is also part of Shepherd House, Inc., Carbon County Food Distribution System.

Last year's event raised $3,470, plus a $500 grant from Carbon County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.