Recruiters Make a Difference

We held our Recruiter Rally yesterday and it was well attended.  This was for our packet pick-up, the materials these recruiters will use in their churches and businesses to promote the walk in helping to End Hunger One Step At A Time.

These recruiters are an important part of the walk.  Without their help and dedication in getting people involved we would not be as successful has we have been.  Last year we raised $82,500.00 with approximately 400 participants.  One of the results was recognition nationally by CWS that our walk was #9 in the United State and #3 in online giving.

Impossible, we think not. One of our champions is Doug Wyman who not only is on our planning team but one of the recruiters at Ascension Church in Oak Park.  He has set a goal of $100,000.00 for our walk this year.  Listen to Doug talk about why he walks and goal setting.  This was recorded in 2014.


Ascension Church was #8 in the country in raising money and First United Church was #27 in the country.

All of this happens with recruiters informing and encouraging people to join the walk.

Some photos from the day.



Please join us Sunday, May 5, 2019 to make all of this possible to feed the hungry here and around the world.  Join us to reach our goal.

Hunger Walkathon West Brainstorming Session

Together We Can End Hunger

Dear Friends

As folks who have supported Hunger Walkathon West in the past, we ask you consider attending a special brainstorming meeting on November 4th and bring a friend!

Hunger Walkathon West Brainstorming Session

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

First United Church of Oak Park Chapel

848 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL

See below & feel free to pass this on to other interested community members.

Thank you!

Joanne Despotes

You are invited to a SPECIAL CROP Hunger Walk Meeting! 

For 32 years, Hunger Walkathon West has been raising money for CWS/CROP and local hunger fighting agencies.  The Walk has raised over 1 1/2 million dollars to alleviate hunger and improve the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world. In 2015 alone, the Walk raised $70,000.  Of the $70,000 25% comes back to local food pantries and other hunger fighting agencies.

We are meeting to decide the future of Hunger Walkathon West – please join us as we make our Walk stronger and plan how we can end hunger.

No commitment from you beyond the meeting –  just come and bring a friend!

Jon Skogen, Senior Community Engagement Specialist with Church World Service will be attending and leading the group discussion.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and ideas!


RSVP: Please email or to let us know you will attend!

See you there!

Thank You Recruiters


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.

Day In Our Village Recap

Day in our Village TableA week ago we had the privilege of having a table at the Oak Park Day In Our Village annual event.  On June 1, 2014 we were able to talk to people about the CROP Hunger Walk and from those discussions 15 people signed up to volunteer and get involved in our efforts.


It was heart warming to have the discussion with people who believe in the cause of “ending hunger one step at a time.”

If you wish to be involved, please fill out the contact form below.

Day In Our Village Tomorrow

recycle pms1787Please stop by our table at the Day In Our Village, Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We will be in Scoville Park along with many other community organizations. Our table #51 is located just west of the monument circle.  Easiest entry to visit us on from Grove St., just off Ontario Street.  Enter near the playground and we are on the left hand side of this entry way.

CROP Walk Table LocationYou have seen our signs around Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park for the 31st annual CROP Hunger Walk.

Now you can come talk to us about what it is that we do. Get information about the work we do to help local agencies and needs around the world.

Can’t make it to Day In Our Village, then please fill out the form below to contact us about your questions and/or interest in volunteering.



What Does 5,000,000 Mean

cropped-img_1819wpa1.pngDid you know about the history of the CROP Hunger Walk? Here is a link to what these walks have done of the many years.

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.

We are happy to participate in making the community aware of the need of “Ending Hunger One Step At A Time.”  The Oak Park Hunger CROP Walk has raised over $1,000,000.00 toward this effort.

It is not too late to donate because the need is there, every day.

Want to help and volunteer?  Fill out the form below.

It Started in January, 2014

As the CROP Hunger Walk is nearing, we wanted to let you know we’ve been working at this for some time.

The Planning Committee was represented at a Leadership Day hosted by Church World Service in early February, 2014.  We were able to meet with other CROP Hunger Walk Leaders to share ideas and motivate and be motivated by each other. There were some good ideas and best practices shared by each group.

CWS: Narirobi Giving Hope Program

Church World Service’s roots are in feeding the hungry.  Their reach is global and representing the global outreach at our meeeting was Rev. Lary Jackson. We were given a talk of his recent trip to Africa. I share his Blog about CROP Hunger Walk and his trip to Africa. The Huruma Centre is a branch of the Giving Hope Program located in the Mathare informal settlement of Nairobi, Kenya.

Rev. Jackson also shared a video of his trip to Kenya. Toward the end of the video, three young girls dramatically shared a poem they wrote, narrated and written by: Mary Wamaitha (14 years old), Vanessa Mugasia (13 years old) and Jane Njeri (13 years old).  Rev Jackson wrote, in case you don’t read his full Blog: “Mary, Vanessa and Jane are beautiful young women, sharing empowerment through the Giving Hope Program. Life skills, education, micro-credit loans, and peer to peer mentoring help to equip these children (who are often head of households) with some of the tools to make strides toward their dreams. In the midst of tremendous obstacles, their word and witness speak of their determination, dreams and desire to live a hope-filled life.”

You can make a difference, join us on our walk.