Updated — Oct. 7, 8:51 p.m.

It was chilly on Saturday Oct. 6, but not chilly enough to stop over 150 walkers raising money to help end hunger in Alamance County. 

"It exists, badly," Anthony Degreaffenreidt, a Burlington resident said. 

The Alamance County Crop Hunger Walk hosted their 50th annual 5K walk with some walking, some running, and some staying behind to offer support.

Degraeffenreidt says he has been participating in the walk for several years, and while he says he was never personally affected by hunger, he has seen it first hand. 

“A co-worker of mine was out of work for a long time, and she had to go get canned goods and stuff like that in hunger because her insurance was weak," Degraeffenreidt said. 

Phil Young, chairman, and coordinator for the walk, participated in the first Crop Walk in 1969. He says his purpose is to gather community support to help fund the hungry. 

“As I go around in the community and see people starving and homeless and seeing people in need, and at the same time seeing everybody else that is able to afford a bunch of stuff," Young said.

For third year runners William Spencer and his son Drake, progress is not measured in the amount of money they raise, but by the amount of effort they exert. 

“We could be still in bed watching cartoons on a Saturday morning, but we’re getting out, you know, this kind of backs up our donations to give to the cause," Spencer said. 

There were also nearly 100 walkers at Twin Lakes Community walking at the same time Saturday morning. Young said Southern Alamance County is also hosting a "mini walk" for hunger next weekend where approximately 800 to 1000 students will participate.