Our 37th Year of Fighting Hunger

We start the New Year off with discussions and planned meetings for our 37th annual Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk.  Our continued commitment to make people aware and to raise funds for those in need is never more needed than today.

We Give Thanks

We are mindful of this photo which was published around Thanksgiving time but our resolve is to be thankful throughout the year.

Our team is already starting discussions of the things we must do to make this another successful year for the #cropwalk.  As you know, we are among the many hundreds of walk around our country and are proud of the people in our community who have helped us become #9 in the nation in 2018 in the amount raised.

2019 Stats of all walks

In addition, we were #3 in the country for online giving and that is where you can come in to help.  It is not too early to donate; register; start a team and tell your friends about what you are doing right here to help #endhungernow.

As a reminder we just past the 50th anniversary of CROP Walks in America, as this 50th anniversary video speaks to the start and continuing efforts of CROP Hunger Walks.

Please Sign up now and thank you for your making a difference to #endhungernow



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.


It’s Easy to Give Online

How easy is it?  Well see this video is on how easy it is to give online; setup a team and let your family and friends know about donating online for the CROP Hunger Walk in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and Austin.  The Walk is Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Signup now and donate.  It’s Just That Easy.

Have questions or need help –  fill out the form below.

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.

100 Mile Walk Passed Through Oak Park Today

It was a pleasure to meet Maurice A. Bloem, V.P. of Church World Service on his walk today through Oak Park.  Several of the CROP Hunger Walk team met with him this morning and visited 2 food pantries, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry and Forest Park Food Pantry.


Maurice has been posting his blog throughout his walk, so click on the blog link to learn more about his journey and dedication to Women’s Empowerment.  Please support him through a donation toward his goal of his courageous 100 mile walk.

We all support his efforts to make the issue of hunger known throughout the region.


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.


How Students Engage in CROP Walks

This video shows how students are getting involved in the CROP Hunger Walk.  While we think of the walks primarily as older people showing their care and concern, here is how young people fit into the dynamic of all of us caring.

Please join us on our journey to End Hunger, One Step At A Time.  Sign-up today.

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