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.


CROP Hunger Walks and What They Have Accomplished

Crop Walk Annual Report PhotoOne of the things we wish to make you aware of, as we start our 2015 campaign, is the work that is accomplished by you and the thousands of people around the United States.

Here is a link to the 2014 Annual Report.  We are fortunate to be able to contribute to the tag line of Ending Hunger One Step At A Time.

We are meeting to get to coordinate the walk and needing volunteers for a variety of tasks to accomplish on the day of the walk.  If you wish to volunteer and/or find out more, please fill out the contact form below.

See you May 3, 2015.

Happy Father’s Day

A celebration of fatherhood is a day in which we honor those special men in our lives.  It is a family gathering and in most cases has food at its center.  We are reminded that there are those less fortunate and yet should be acknowledged for their role in their child’s life.

Consider giving to those families who still need help in having a Happy Father’s Day.

Donate on their behalf.


12 Things about Hunger – Did You Know?


In the United States:

  • 50.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households.
  • 17.2 million children in our country don’t get enough healthy food to eat.
  • Households with children experience almost double the food insecurity rate of childless households.
  • 5.6 million households relied on a food pantry one or more times in 2009.
  • 1 in 8 Americans currently participate in SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp program)


  • 925 million people do not have enough to eat – that’s nearly three times the population of the U.S.
  • 98 percent of the world’s hungry live in developing countries.
  • Malnutrition leads to nearly one third of all childhood deaths before age 5.
  • More than 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
  • Hunger kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • One in seven people will go to bed hungry tonight.
  • One in four children in developing countries is underweight.

Please join us May 4, 2014 to make a difference. Donate Now.

Sharing Stories of Why We Walk for the Hungery

Hunger Advocacy



Each of us as a reason for walking to support the work of the CROP Hunger Walks.  Perhaps one of the reasons that hunger and poverty are allowed to persist is that the personal stories which would help us all to understand the challenges and complexities of living with the uncertainty of poverty remain hidden from public view. We know that with a feeling of shame, anxiety or desperation people who are without food seek assistance with obtaining food.

One of these stories was recorded in 2010 by Gy and Sylvia.  While it was recorded 4 years ago, it is just as timely today as they continue to work on the CROP Hunger Walk.

We plan on sharing stories from people who walk in the CROP Hunger Walk and the Local Agencies that help feed the hungry.

You can always go to our website where we have a link to the stories which we will be producing in the coming weeks.

Thank you for listening and thank you for caring.



Recruiters Kick-Off This Sunday

We are looking forward to meeting all of the fine people who take on the role of “recruiter” for the Crop Walk. A recruiter is one who champions the CROP Hunger Walk and provides information for the people within their church or organization.  Without them our reach to inform people would be much more difficult. Their efforts will help those who are hungry improve the quality of their lives. Their activities will promote the goodness of their actions and help that those who are hungry improve the quality of their life.

The Kick-Off gives each of them “Walk” materials they will need to get the most exposure for the CROP Hunger Walk.  We will also have technology available for them to sign-up their teams and goals for this year.

We look forward to seeing them, old and new. We hope to provide inspiration for Sunday, May 4, 2014, answer any questions, and most of all, express our deep gratitude for the work they will be doing.

Sunday: May 9, 2014Time: 2 p.m. (Daylight Savings Time)
Location: First United Church
848 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301

Recruiters Materials Pick-Up Day

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The Recruiter Materials Pick-Up, Sunday, March 9, 2014
Between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
At First United Church 848 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
Save the Date postcards have been sent out.

At the Recruiter Rally:

Pick up materials you will use in promoting the CROP Hunger Walk in your church/organization.

  • Get important tips from experienced Recruiters.
  • Learn how to raise funds on the Internet and sign up your teams.
  • Pick up materials you can use in promoting the CROP Hunger Walk.

We look forward to seeing you all there.  Working together, we can help fight hunger – one step at a time!