Each year, some 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in CROP Hunger Walks. More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.
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 micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs–something CWS has learned through some 63 years of working in partnership around the world.
CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger fighting development efforts around the world.
This year CROP Hunger Walks will share some $4 million with food banks, pantries, community gardens, and other local efforts across the U.S. This support is made possible when local CROP Hunger Walks choose the unique option of returning up to 25 percent of what their CROP Hunger Walk raises to hunger-fighting programs in their own community.
Past recipients have included:
West Side Campaign Against Hunger
The Soup Kitchen at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church
The Riverside Church Food Pantry
Trinity Lutheran Creative Learning Center