CROP Hunger Walk

Crop Hunger Walk

It's that time of year again to put on your walking shoes and help Church World Services irradicate hunger both here in the U.S. and around the world.

Church World Services

What it is

Church World Services (CWS) is an organization dedicated to eradicating hunger and poverty and promoting peace and justice around the world. CWS supports sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, refugee assistance and educates and advocates on hunger-related issues. The organization promotes interfaith and intercultural collaboration in responding to these issues.

Why it was founded

In 1946, in the aftermath of World War II, CWS was founded with a simple mission: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless. Since then, it has worked tirelessly to do so. In 1946 and 1947, 11 million pounds of food, clothing, and medical supplies were collected by the organization and sent to war-torn Europe. They also set out to help resettle the large number of refugees left homeless by the war. With the success of these efforts, the CWS started Friendship Trains to collect American-grown food products such as corn, wheat, rice, and beans to be sent to needy places around the world. Since then, CWS has moved beyond solely providing first-aid relief to war-torn and disaster-ridden countries, and has spread its reach to places constantly in need of aid.

How it is making a difference

Involving over 2000 communities and more than 1600 hunger walks, CWS is maintaining its 60 year tradition. The organization has resettled about 450,000 people since it first began and works with each refugee individually to ensure they gain self-sufficiency. CWS also funds the Blankets+ campaign that provides blankets, tents, food and other essentials to those recently displaced by disaster. CWS encourages the donations of special kits such as school kits, hygiene kits and baby-care kits that are sent around the world to people in need. Another initiative is Water for All, which aims to provide clean water to communities in order to provide a clean water source for healthy nutrition and farming.

CROP Hunger Walk

CROP Hunger Walks take place around the country and are interfaith hunger education and fundraising events. The walk benefits efforts to stomp out hunger, both locally and abroad. For example, CWS expects to raise $4 million for hunger-elimination efforts in the U.S.

Sign up for a walk and learn more about Church World Services.

Upcoming 2013 walks

Alabama

  • Birmingham, April 28

    Cumberland Presbyterian, April 28

    Decatur, April 28

Alaska

  • Seward, May 5

Arizona

North Pima, March 3

UCC-SWC Annual Gathering, April 13

West Valley, February 24

Yavapai County, April 28

California

Alameda, April 21

Berkeley, April 21

Camarillo, March 10

Chico/Paradise, April 28

Conejo Valley, March 3

East County (Pittsburg and Antioch), April 21

East San Gabriel Valley, March 10

Fallbrook, May 5

Fremont, April 21

Fullerton, April 28

Glendale/Foothill Communities, March 3

Lax Community Area, May 18

Marin, April 21

Merced, April 21

Modesto, April 20

Oakland, April 20

Orland, April 28

Oxnard, March 10

Peninsula Harbor, May 4

Ramona, May 19

Riverside, March 10

Shasta County, April 27

Simi Valley, May 19

Sonoma, April 21

South Bay, April 21

Tri-Valley in Pleasanton, April 20

Vallejo, April 21

Visalia, April 13

Colorado

Denver Downtown, April 28

Durango, April 20

Eagle County, May 5

Grand Junction, April 27

Salida, April 20

San Luis Valley, April 28

District of Columbia

Washington DC, May 4

Connecticut

Bridgeport, May 5

East Granby, May 5

Good Friday-Lymes, March 29

Greenwich/Port Chester, April 21

Hamden, April 28

Litchfield, May 5

Mansfield/Storrs, May 5

Niantic, May 19

Norwich, May 5

Plymouth/Terryville, April 21

Portland, April 28

Valley Shore Interfaith, May 5

Westport/Weston, April 28

Delaware

Dove, April 20

Millcreek, April 21

South East Sussex, May 11

Florida

Central Brevard, March 10

Englewood, February 23

Fort Myers, April 14

Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie, February 24

Gainseville, April 28

Kissimmee, March 17

Lakeland, February 24

Leesburg, February 24

Manatee County, February 24

Miami Beach, February 24

Miami Lakes, February 24

North Suncoast/Crystal River/Homosassa, February 24

Ocala/Silver Springs, March 17

Orange County, March 30

Panama City, February 23

Penney Farms, March 2

Pinellas County/St. Petersburg, March 3

Sanford, April 28

Sarasota, March 3

South Brevard, April 14

St. Cloud, March 3

Three Worlds Campground, March 10

Venice, February 24

West Pasco, February 23

West Volusia, March 10

Georgia

Athens, April 28

Idaho

Bonners Ferry, June 8

Illinois

Bushnell Community, April 20

Champaign/Urbana, April 21

Glen Ellyn/Wheaton Area, May 5

Hunger Walkathon West (Oak Park Area), May 5

Ingleside Area, May 5

North Boone County, April 28

Peoria, April 28

South Suburban, April 28

Indiana

Goshen, May 5

Iowa

Johnson County, April 7

Manson, May 5

Norwalk, May 5

West Union, May 5

Kansas

Chase County, April 1

Larned, May 1

Louisiana

Northshore, March 9

Maine

New Gloucester, May 5

Maryland

Carroll County, April 21

Frederick Detention Center, March 19

Greater Howard County, May 19

Hyattsville, May 5

Mid-Montgomery, June 9

Mount Airy, June 2

St. Michaels, June 23

Western Howard County, May 5

Massachusetts

Agawam/ West Springfield, April 28

Essex Association, May 8

Southwick/Granville, June 2

Michigan

Au Gres Area, May 5

Berkley, May 5

Blossomland, May 19

Downriver, April 28

East Macomb County, May 5

Eastern VanBuren, April 28

Farmington/Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield, May 5

Grosse Pointe Area, May 5

Holland/Zeeland Area, April 27

Kalamazoo valley, April 28

Lake Orion/Oxford Area, May 5

Lakewood Area, April 28

Lowell Area, May 5

Petoskey/Bay View, June 29

Redford Area, May 5

Royal Oak, May 5

Shiawassee County, May 5

South County (Schoolcraft), May 5

Southfield/Lathrup, May 5

Sturgis, April 28

Troy Area, May 5

Wayne/Westland, May 5

Minnesota

Elk River, May 5

International Falls, May 5

Montevideo Area, June 15

Princeton, May 5

Missouri

Benton County, April 1

Moniteau County, June 10

Montana

Billings, May 5

Conrad, May 5

Great Falls, April 13

New Hampshire

Greater Hampstead, May 19

Newfound Area Churches, May 5

Souhegan Valley, May 5

New Jersey

Cape May, May 5

Colts Neck, May 19

East Bergen/Englewood, May 5

Greater Woodbury, May 5

Hawthorne, April 1

Medford, April 14

Moorestown, May 5

Phillipsburg, May 26

Roselle, May 5

Rutherford, May 5

Salem County, April 21

South Brunswick, April 1

New Mexico

Roswell, April 28

New York

Adams, May 19

Albany, May 5

Argyle, May 5

Brockport, May 5

Castleton, May 5

Coxsackie, May 5

Dolgeville, May 19

Fairport-Perinton, May 5

Geneseo, April 7

Greece, May 5

Greenwich, May 5

Hilton, May 5

Hudson, April 1

Kingston, May 5

Mayfield, May 5

New York City, May 19

Newark, May 4

Rochester/Irondequoit, May 5

Schenactady, May 5

Sodus, May 5

Spencerport, May 5

Walworth, May 5

Webster, May 5

Wellsville, June 2

North Carolina

Caswell County, April 21

Chapel Hill/Carrboro, April 21

Cumberland County, April 14

Durham, March 17

Person County, April 21

Sandhills, April 14

Scotland County, April 21

North Dakota

  • Fargo/Moorhead, May 5

    Valley City/Barnes Co. April 14

Ohio

Ada, April 7

Adams/Brown County, May 5

Anderson Township, May 5

Elyria/Lorain, April 27

Ironton, June 1

Marietta, April 14

Oberlin, April 28

Shelby, April 28

Smithville, May 5

Wellington, May 5

Oklahoma

Claremore, April 1

Oklahoma City, May 5

Stillwater, April 1

Oregon

McMinnville, May 5

Milton Freewater, May 19

Portland, April 28

Pennsylvania

Cornwall Manor, April 20

Greensburg, May 19

Havertown, April 28

Kane, May 19

Masontown-German, May 19

Middletown, May 5

Pine Glen, May 5

Tri Valley, April 28

White Oak, May 19

Rhode Island

  • Aquidneck Island, May 25

    East Bay/Barrington, April 28

South Carolina

Upstate, February 24

Tennessee

  • Nashville, April 14

Texas

Austin, March 3

Bertram, April 28

Boerne, May 5

Canyon Lake, March 9

Dallas, April 14

Elgin, April 20

Hays County, March 3

Kerrville, February 24

Leander-Cedar Park, April 21

Royse City, April 28

San Antonio, March 3

Spring, April 7

The Woodlands, April 7

Tomball, April 7

West Fort Bend Co, April 13

Utah

  • Salt Lake County, April 28

Virginia

Harrisonburg, April 21

Lynchburg, April 14

Mount Vernon, May 5

Orange/Madison County, March 9

Washington

Bellevue, May 4

Des Moines, May 5

Kirkland, May 18

Renton, May 5

Snoqualmie Valley, May 19

Spokane, April 28

Sunnyside, March 16

Thurston County, May 5

Wisconsin

Brodhead, April 28

Janesville, April 28

Milton, April 28

Orfordville, April 28

Portage, April 28

Vilas County (Eagle River), May 12

Waukesha, May 5

Wisconsin Rapids, May 5

Wyoming

Casper, April 28

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