50 years of walking.
50 years of ending hunger together.
For 50 years, ordinary Americans have come together to fight hunger in extraordinary ways through the CROP Hunger Walk. These aren’t politicians or celebrities – they’re passionate (and compassionate!) farmers, students, members of the faith community, volunteers and more who care that the people they see on a daily basis are struggling. And for five decades, they have moved to make a difference.
The story of the CROP Hunger Walk goes back to 1969. Teens in Bismarck, North Dakota and York County, Pennsylvania decided it was time to do something for families who had to walk miles for food and clean water.
Today, millions of people across nearly every state have participated in what is now called the CROP Hunger Walk, raising money for hunger-fighting organizations in local communities and worldwide. Where does the money go?
Let’s look back a decade and see what a $5,000 Harvard Avenue gift to CROP Walk has done in the 10 years since:
For a typical family in a partner country like Cameroon, Sudan, or Nicaragua, with most of our money, CROP dug a well, and built a rain water collection system and storage tank for their village, providing safe water, with no more water-borne parasites.
The wife and mother of the family gained 3 hours a day, not having to walk to a water source. She used the time to expand the family garden. In a year, there was enough extra produce to trade, and the family got some chickens. Soon, the extra eggs and veggies went to market. The money earned means the oldest son goes to school full time, and his sister does, too.
The son is now working for a seed company helping farmers and gardeners to grow more crops more efficiently. The daughter will be a nurse’s aide working in a clinic serving several villages, including her own.
Oh, and CROP used $50 of our gifts for a micro-loan to a family friend. She bought weaving materials, and now she and three of her friends make scarves sold at market for men’s turbans and women’s head wraps.
So, with one gift 10 years ago, HACC has fed more people than we can count, given safe water to a village, improved food production for many more people, and provided health and health care to many more people. That is exponential growth on our investment.
CROP fundraising also benefits local partners. In 2019, Tulsa CROP Hunger Walk recipients are
- Manna Meals, a feeding ministry at St Paul’s UMC;
- Western Neighbors Inc., serving southwest Tulsa residents with disabilities; and
- the Food Pantry at the Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center (OFEC), part of In the Spirit Christian Church.
Sunday October 6.
This year’s Tulsa CROP Hunger Walk is at a new location! – kicking off at 2:00pm, circling the walking path around LaFortune Park!
Click here to register, or contact walk coordinator Alan Crider for more info about joining Harvard Ave’s team of walkers. If you can’t join us on October 6, be a Spirit Walker: donate here, supporting our walk team, and more importantly, our local Tulsa partners.