Test Your Knowledge About Hunger

 

CROP Hunger Walks are ending hunger one step at a time in local communities and around the world. Test your knowledge about global hunger and hunger in the United States with this short video quiz.

Join us on Sunday, May 1, 2016 for our 33rd annual walk to #endhungernow. Make your voice heard about caring for people here and around the world by ending hunger one step at a time.

Click on this link to sign-up today!

Thank you

Raised $1,300,000 Thus Far

Today we have our first team meeting to plan for the 2016 CROP Hunger Walk.  We are happy to welcome several new team members and look forward to their participation and view of how to make the CROP Hunger Walk even better.

The video above is a reminder of the work we do and the people who are committed to giving of themselves to make a difference in the matter of hunger.

We are all connected and know that in the 33 years of the CROP Hunger Walk the money raised, over $1,300,000.00 is a testament to how people can and do make a difference.

Join us May 1, 2016 to be part of that difference.

If you wish to volunteer, please fill out the form below.

 

Make Your Voice Heard

Closeup photograph of  little cute girl biting apple

Closeup photograph of little cute girl biting apple

I called my representatives in Congress to support ‪#‎CNR2015‬ Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act.

On September 30, 2015, the federal law that funds and guides most children’s meal programs expired. There is news that the Senate Agriculture Committee is making progress on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization. But, we must encourage Congress to keep the renewal process moving forward to ensure more children have the nutritious food they need.

You can help by joining the Feeding America national call-in day on October 26. Calling Congress is easy. Here’s how:

1. Dial (888) 398-8702 and listen to the pre-recorded message.

2. Connect to your first senator and enter your zip code. (After you’re done, be sure to call back and speak to your other senator and representative.)

3. Once you are connected to your first Member of Congress, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.

3. Let the office know you are calling about Child Nutrition Reauthorization and deliver this important message:

“I am your constituent and a supporter of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and I’m calling about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Time is running out to pass a strong child nutrition bill. Too many kids in our community are not getting the nutritious food they need, and Congress can’t let the opportunity to improve these programs go by. These programs have a history of strong bi-partisan support. I urge you to pass a strong child nutrition bill this year that strengthens these programs so children have the fuel they need to grow up healthy and succeed.”

4. Once you’re done, spread the word! Use hashtag #CNR2015 on social media to raise awareness.

Make your voice heard.

Helping Communities Recover

As we celebrate Earth Day today and as we come closer to our walk on May 3, 2015, I am reminded of some of the questions asked about the money raised during the walk.

We support 8 local agencies with 25% of the amount raised and the remaining 75% is used by CWS to help around the world.  I want to point out that the United States is part of that world.  As Tom Holmes pointed out in his blog post about hunger in the world, I want to add that CWS does important work here in the United States.  Their efforts to help in emergency situations, i.e., Katrina and Sandy, are just two examples of using the funds raised during the walk for this important work.

In Superstorm Sandy’s immediate aftermath, CWS mobilized shipments of CWS Kits and Blankets with a total value of more than $1.3 million for survivors in the United States and the Caribbean. CWS emergency response specialists worked with long-term recovery and other community groups, reaching more than 1,200 participants with disaster recovery workshops in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and West Virginia.

 

Local Agency We Support

Prevail Web

With 14 days until the CROP Hunger Walk we add another one of the agencies we support in this area.  The Prevail overview of what they do is outlined on their website as follows:

Overview

Prevail provides emergency assistance and referrals to individuals and families in times of financial crisis and struggle, addressing immediate basic needs and laying the groundwork for future stability. Prevail’s dedicated and compassionate volunteers are advocates for our clients, helping them to plan, restore and recover stability in their lives.

“The work we do is more important than ever as witnessed by the growing number of new clients who visit our center each week. Unemployment remains high and economic conditions are tough. People living paycheck to paycheck is more the norm than the exception. Many in our communities live dangerously close to a financial breaking point.”  Cristy Harris, Executive Director

Prevail’s vision is a community where anyone can achieve financial security with dignity. We strive to help all individuals and families at risk of losing housing or other vital basic necessities by assisting with emergency food, clothing, shelter, transitional and permanent housing and lots of emotional support. We believe our clients are best served in a collaborative agency structure that addresses the immediate crisis and helps stabilize the future.

Won’t you join us as we join them in providing vital basic necessities?

Walk May 3, 2015, sign up now and donate.

Thank You Recruiters

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Last night we had a gathering of recruiters who helped get us to over $72,000.00 for the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park.

We could not have had the success we had without their tireless efforts at their congregations. They are our champions and they spread the word about helping those in need of food.

We thank them and thank you again for making 2014 such a success.

The event was hosted at The Brown Cow in Forest Park.  Thanks for their support too.

100 Mile Walk Touches Oak Park

Maurice A. Bloem a Church World Service Executive Vice President will do his THIRD 100 mile Hunger Walk. He will walk from June 15-20, 2014 in the states of Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Also see his blog about this #hunger100 Walk.

As supporters of the CROP Hunger Walk, which we have been doing in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park for 31 years; this is another way to draw attention to those in need of food and hope.

Very often we may think that a single person can not effect this issue but in fact it is you who can and do make a difference.

Please join us in welcoming Maurice to Oak Park on Thursday, June 19, 2014.  This link will give you more information about the time and place to meet him, or use the contact form below to get more information.