Millions of people around the world struggle to find food to eat, and Erie is doing its part to solve this problem.

The community is teaming up to end hunger throughout the county one step at a time during this year's 43rd Annual Erie Crop Hunger Walk.

"When communities of faith come together work on a common task there's just something magical about it," said Crop Walk Coordinator Jim Haas. "I think god is amongst us and blessing what we're doing."

Around 500 people are expected to walk around Presque Isle State Park in hope to end world hunger.

The Crop Walk takes place on September 23rd at Beach 1.

Church World service hosts the event, which is the largest crop walk in the state.

It consists of a 1-mile or 5-mile loop.

Participants are asked to raise money through sponsorships, and in turn the Crop Walk puts a portion of that money right back into our local food pantries.

Haas said the need for services from places like Second Harvest Food Bank and Emmaus Soup Kitchen grow every year.

"It suggests to me that the hunger problem is real and is not going away," Haas said. "As long as there's hunger and as long as there's poverty, we'll have a crop walk."

Last year's event raised more than $50,000.