Tying the CROP Walk to needs at home, participants were encouraged to bring canned food or to donate to the Food Bank. “We also took the legendary story of Stone Soup and incorporated it in the CROP Walk,” said Campbell. Soup and bread were served after the walk.
“While they are walking, the vegetables were made into soup in the church kitchen,” said Campbell. “There are many wonderful volunteers. And, on chilly days, soup is welcomed.”
The Stone Soup story has multiple versions, but the tall-tale theme of everyone contributing for the good of all, rings through each version. “The hobo comes to town and offers to make soup for the starving town residents,” explained Campbell. “The hobo brings out a stone, as though it is precious, and drops it in a soup pot, saying ‘this soup would even be better if we had some potatoes.’ Sure enough, one at a time, the town folk bring a few potatoes, then carrots, then peas, and so on until a big pot of soup was ready to feed everyone.”