Merry Christmas & Happy Chanukah

To all our supporters, volunteers and everyone involved in the issue of hunger we wish you a very Merry Christmas & Happy Chanukah as well as other celebrations of faith and spirituality.

The agencies we supported in 2016 continue to do the work in helping feed the hungry and assisting them in ways that making this time of year meaningful to them.

We celebrate the work of the agencies we donated money to this year with your help.

Continue to look at ways to support their work and ours:

We have already started on our plans and efforts for the 2017 walk, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Consider volunteering and/or forming a team to making 2017 our biggest effort and success yet.

With thanks,

Hunger Walkathon West Planning Committee



7 Local Agencies We Walk For

7 Local Agencies

This Sunday at 2 p.m. we start the 33rd annual CROP Hunger Walk in the communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, River Forest and the Austin neighborhood in Chicago.

The walk, which raises money and awareness, on the issue of hunger: around the corner from where you live to around the world.

The local agencies we donate 25% of the proceeds to are:

Cluster Tutoring Program
Forest Park Food Pantry
Housing Forward
OPRF Food Pantry
Pine Avenue Food Pantry
Proviso Food Pantry
St. Eulalia Quinn Center Food Pantry

Cluster Tutoring Program: CROP funds purchase nutritious snacks for Austin students, grades K-12, who meet weekly during the school year with a trained volunteer tutor.

Forest Park Food Pantry: CROP funds help stock the pantry with food. Located in the Forest Park Community Center, this pantry is supported 100% by free-will donations and the CROP Walk.

Housing Forward: In 2014, provided a total of 543 clients with 12,765 nights of shelter services and 38,295 meals.

OPRF Food Pantry: CROP funds help stock the pantry with food the year around.

Pine Avenue Food Pantry: CROP funds help buy food for the pantry. This pantry serves an area in Austin where no other food pantry is available.

Proviso Food Pantry: CROP funds help with the purchase and pick-up of food and other supplies. They provide food aid Saturday mornings for registered families coming from the entire Proviso township. (Over 100 per week).

St. Eulalia Quinn Center Food Pantry: CROP funds are used for the purchase and delivery of food and supplies for pantry operating 3 afternoons a week. In 2008 they provided food or holiday food to over 1200 families.

Become part of the solution in helping people receive much needed food for their family.  Join us Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.  You can and do make a difference.


Business Support Part Deux

Todd and Holland tea Forest Park

Yesterday we talked about business support.  There are so many to thank who contribute their support and money to the walk. We want to share the support that merchants in Forest Park give to the walk.

One such business is Todd and Holland Tea Merchants in Forest Park. Their story, detailed and shown here is one of a geneses from his childhood to his adulthood. Starting as a web based business, just two years later a brick and motor store was opened to continue the conviction and passion to share how tea can be enjoyed by the masses, and thus the tea merchant in Forest Park was born.

We appreciate the support of many businesses in Forest Park and appreciate their commitment to our voice and walk to end hunger by “ending hunger one step at a time.”

Please support the local merchants of Forest Park, Oak Park, River Forest and Austin who support us.

The walk is just a few short days away. Join us.


Local Businesses Support Us

Community Bank Oak Park River Foirest

Community Bank Oak Park River Foirest

One of the ways in which we get funds for the CROP Hunger Walk are donations from local businesses.

The Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is one of those businesses. Information about the bank found on their website states: Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest opened as a locally owned bank focused on creating financial solutions for individuals, professionals, owners of closely-held businesses and nonprofit organizations.  Starting in 1996 with ten employees, assets of $5 million and a customer base of less than two dozen accounts, Community Bank has grown to more than 50 employees, over $250 million in assets, and over 15,000 customer accounts.  In addition, our customer base has expanded from the surrounding communities to include customers across the country and internationally.  Now in our second decade of serving the community, we are rededicating ourselves to our mission of providing the best products, services and technology possible.

Having support and donations help us in our work to #endhungernow, through our CROP Hunger Walks. Now in our 33rd year as a local community initiative, it is with heartfelt thanks that we acknowledge their support and the many other businesses who embrace our work on making the issue of hunger known within our community.

Please support our local business, they support us, please support them. Have a business?  Please join them and sign-up/contribute for the walk this Sunday, May 1st on the business team.

With just several more days until our walk, sign-up and donate.  See you May 1st.




Grand Marshal for 2016 Walk

Doug Wyman and Barbara

The Planning Committee has selected a Grand Marshal for the 2016 CROP Hunger Walk. The person we selected is a tireless member of our team and more importantly an activist on the issue of hunger and homelessness. Shown here with his wife Barbara, they continue their 65+ years of marriage and commitment to one another.

Doug Wyman has helped the CROP Hunger Walk for the past 10 years.  He started as a crossing guard and elevated his role on the team to raise money from businesses in the area. He is consistently a top fund raiser for the walk. His positive attitude affects all team members for raising money.  He believes in lofty goals which can be achieved.  Our goal of raising $100,000.00 this year is one he championed, just as he continues to champion the issue of hunger and homelessness. To hear his story of how he become involved, listen to his story recorded in 2014.

As if that is not enough at the tender age of 87, years old he is the co-host of The Doris Davenport Show with Doug Wyman, heard locally on 1490 AM WPNA on Sunday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To see some of the programs go to their archive to see videos of past programs.

Doug and Doris

He has also volunteered with the Housing Forward.  “I think I bring a sense of history and some wisdom to the program,” he said. His work at PADS for the last 20 years shows his heart and character for people in need or food and shelter.  Here is a video he did for them several years ago.  What he says, still holds true

You can now see why he was selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2016 CROP Hunger Walk.

Join Doug Wyman on Sunday, May 1st at the start of the 33rd annual CROP Hunger Walk.

Sign up and walk with Doug and hundreds of people walking with the goal of “ending hunger one step at a time.”



Hunger Effects Education

We are a society that seeks to have the brightest kids in our school system. We want to nurture them with knowledge, to help them learn and grow. There are, however, things that impact the ability to learn. One of them is food. 3 out of 4 public school teachers say that students regularly come to school hungry. 81% say it happens at least once a week, according to No Kid Hungry. Educators agree that kids need to start the day with a healthy breakfast in order to do well in school. But though nearly every school offers breakfast, 50% of teachers still say the problem has increased.

Many of the people who are on the CROP Hunger Walk committee and those who walk, have seen the impact of the lack of food for children.  I’ve been to a PADS evening to make food and feed the people who seek out food and shelter for the night. The work that  Housing Forward, one of the 7 agencies we support, does in providing shelter, called PADS Shelter, which accommodates 43-70 individuals nightly, depending on location. A lottery system is used when there are more clients than beds available. On some nights people are turned away for the shelter they seek. Each night, usually a church, houses people seeking food and shelter.  This is all done by volunteers who have a sense of giving to people in need.

Among that group of people are families with children seeking these services. I have seen their faces and their eyes looking forelorn. The meals that are provided may be the only food they have for the day.

The CROP Hunger Walk’s mission is to spread the word on the issue of hunger and in so doing, raising money for this cause.  Distributed locally, 25% of the total raised, and 75% to the work that Church World Service does in the United States and around the world.

Please join us Sunday, May 1st for the 33rd Annual CROP Hunger Walk.  Sign up here and make yourself known for helping in this cause.

Have a story about hunger, please share with us by using the reply section below.

Business Support for The CROP Hunger Walk April 21st

Businesses are an important part of the giving to the CROP Hunger Walk.  In our area we have a large number of businesses who support our walk and contribute to it.  Some contribute by offering a percentage of their sales that customers can designate to benefit our walk.

Such is the case of Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park. This April 21, 2016, Ten Thousand Villages has a Shopping Day for our supporters, donors and volunteers. We receive 15% of the sales from customers who tell us they are shopping for our cause.  Ten Thousand Villages states: “As a nonprofit organization ourselves, we understand the giving situation as well as how members value a fun, easy way to support your cause.”

All sales made that day will designate 15% to our walk.  All a customer has to do is tell the clerk on check-out that they wish to designate their purchase toward the CROP Hunger Walk. It’s that simple and everyone benefits from their purchase.

Please support our local businesses and mention The CROP Hunger Walk when you visit them.  Please let us know about your experience in supporting local business who support us.