Sister Ruth Crop Walk helps raise funds, awareness for hungry people

Star Staff

A community walk that helps hungry people by raising money and awareness for Church World Service and the Custer County Food Bank is planned Sunday in Miles City. The event, the Sister Ruth Crop Walk, was named after Sister Ruth Steffes, a longtime participant in the walk and a dedicated supporter of those less fortunate.

This is the 27th year a Crop Walk has been held in Miles City, according to a news release from the Sister Ruth Crop Walk Committee. 

Walkers will gather at the shelter in Wibaux Park starting at 1:30 p.m. to complete registration and turn in funds they have raised. At 2 p.m., the walk will begin. 

Participants can choose to do a short one-mile walk or a longer 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) walk. The event is not a race. Walkers will be raising awareness about the plight of hungry people in the world and our community. Minors who wish to participate in the walk will need consent forms signed by a parent or guardian.

Water stations will be available along the way and refreshments will be served at Wibaux Park after the walkers finish their routes.

Information about the walk is available from Beth Riggs at 234-4729 or The Miles City Sister Ruth Crop Walk also has a Facebook page with additional information.

Sister Ruth, for whom the walk was named, was born March 17, 1910 and died July 17, 2005 at the age of 95. A Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she was a Pastoral Care counselor at Holy Rosary Healthcare. She worked in Pastoral Care from 1971 to 1995 when she retired. Sister Ruth continued to do volunteer work and visit the parishes in Miles City until 2001 when she moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota. There she spent the rest of her days in prayer and tending to recycling needs. 

A very caring person, she was loved by the residents of Miles City and the surrounding area. She participated in the Crop Walk even when she reached an advanced age and had knee problems. An inspiration to the younger walkers, she was dedicated to serving the poor.

Twenty-five percent of the money raised from this year’s Sister Ruth Crop Walk will go to the Miles City Food Bank that distributes food to more than 200 people monthly. The remaining 75 percent of the funds raised will go to the Church World Services to help needy families nationally and internationally.