Coloma United Methodist Church
When is CROP WALK? The last walk was September 25, 2016 - our 36th year walking! A community effort, including several churches, it takes place at Jollay Orchards in Coloma. The CROP Walk raises funds for Church World Service. CWS works with partner agencies to provide disaster relief, alleviate hunger, educate and assist families to become self-sufficient. 25% of all funds raised come back to support two local food pantries: North Berrien Food Pantry housed at Coloma UMC, and Cooperating Ministries in Hartford.
In 2016, for the first time in years,our Crop Walk Coordinator Judy Schroeder was in hospital and therefore could not walk. Donations were made in her name. In her absence, some of us attempted to "fill her shoes". It takes a group to do the work she does!
Groups are already planning and meeting about the 2017 Crop Walk, to be held this September. Check back here for forthcoming details.
What is a CROP WALK?
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. With its inception in 1969, CROP Hunger Walks are "viewed by many as the granddaddy of charity walks," notes the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 26, 2009).
On October 17, 1969, a thousand people in Bismarck, ND, walked in what may have been the first-ever CROP Hunger Walk – and raised $25,000 to help stop hunger. Currently, well over 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in more than 1,600 CROP Hunger Walks each year. More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.
What does CROP stand for?
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, we’ve outgrown the acronym but we retain it 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 regional offices across the U.S.
Where do CROP Hunger Walk funds go?
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 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 64 years of working in partnership around the world.
How do CROP Hunger Walks help out here at home?
This year CROP Hunger Walks will share almost $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 our unique option of returning up to 25 percent of what their Walk raises to hunger-fighting programs in their own community.
What else makes CROP Hunger Walks special?
Because CROP Hunger Walks are ecumenical, interfaith, multi-cultural events, individual donors have the option of designating their gifts to other approved international hunger-fighting agencies. This option is unique to CROP events and available for individual sponsors only. Gifts not so designated go to support the worldwide ministry of Church World Service.
Are corporations and businesses involved in CROP Hunger Walks?
Nationally, upwards of 200 corporations match employee gifts and/or volunteer hours to the CROP Hunger Walk. Locally, thousands of businesses and media outlets support their community's CROP Hunger Walk, providing T-shirts and other supplies, turning out teams of Walkers – and in many other ways too numerous to list.
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