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Students from Dakota Wesleyan University may have gotten up a little earlier than usual Saturday, to walk in the fight against world hunger. It’s a cause that former Senator George McGovern, a former student of DSW, fought for.

"With George McGovern and his legacy of fighting world hunger, most of our passions here at Dakota Wesleyan for students are helping out and promoting that legacy George McGovern has left for us,” said Breanna Clark, President of the University’s Chapter of ‘University’s Fighting Against Hunger.’

Around 85 Dakota Wesleyan University Students were doing just that Saturday morning at the second annual ‘CropWalk.’

“Crop walk has two meanings. It stands for communities rising to overcome poverty. But it also stands for crop, as in foods that people eat,” Clark said.

The walk is only a mile around campus but the goal is to have students think about how many miles daily people around the world need to walk to get their food.
     
It can help students get a different perspective about what amenities they have, all while helping those who may not have the same.   
 
"Its a chance to raise money for people around the world and right here in Mitchell who don’t necessarily have food to have a full solid meal everyday,” said Clark.
     
Of the proceeds donated, 25 percent will go to Mitchell’s food pantry. The rest goes to Church World Service; to help fund their hunger related projects.
 
Donald Simmons, the Executive Director of the George McGovern Center at the university said it’s no surprise students joined in the fight.
 
"They are following the legacy of Senator McGovern who did much the same thing when he was a student here at Dakota Wesleyan,” said Donald Simmons.

As students walk to raise their goal of $2,000 to help people around the world, in the back of their minds, is the man who has already done so.

Around 2,000 communities around the nation participate in the ‘Crop Walk.’ In 2011, the walk raised almost 14 million dollars nation wide.
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