The 44th annual CROP Hunger Walk is taking place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is coordinating the event, invites the public to register and turn in donations at the church’s Lutheran Lodge, a building on Mechanics Alley behind the main church building known to many non-Lutherans as a polling place. After that, participants will gather at Center Square in front of Folklore Coffee for prayer, followed by walking together to Masonic Village and back.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.
For nearly half a century, CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious, sustainable food sources. From combating droughts in Nicaragua to providing agricultural training in Indonesia to stocking shelves in hundreds of food pantries across the United States, CROP Hunger Walks help end hunger by raising funds to support local food programs and the international anti-hunger work of Church World Service.
CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger- fighting development efforts around the world. In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to hunger- fighting programs in its own community.
CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and microenterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs.
When CROP began in 1947 (under the wing of Church World Service, which was founded in 1946), CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia.
Today, the walks have outgrown the acronym but it is retained as the historic name of the program. CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by CWS local offices across the United States.