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Crop Walk

Crop Walk LogoHunger stalks our world: Experts estimate there are over 842 million men, women, and children hungry in the world today. That's almost three times the population of the United States. And 35 million people are hungry here in the U.S., some of them perhaps living just down the street from us.

But we cannot let the numbers overwhelm us because there are some things you and I can do about hunger. We can let our Senators and Congresspersons know we support effective aid and development programs that address the roots causes of hunger.  Or you can join a local CROP WALK.

What does CROP stand for? When CROP began in 1947 (under the wings of Church World Service, which was founded in 1946), the name was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program.  Reflective of a program that for several decades has been both urban and rural, CROP is no longer an acronym; it is the name given to community, interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by 22 CWS/CROP regional offices across the U.S. In some CWS/CROP regions, CROP has come to mean Communities Reaching Out to People. When was the first CROP WALK? On October 17, 1969, a thousand people in Bismarck, ND, walked in the first-ever CROP WALK and raised $25,000 to help stop hunger.  Now there are hundreds of CROP WALKS each year in communities nationwide.

How do CROP WALKS help out here at home? This year CROP WALKS will share nearly $4 million with food banks, pantries, community gardens, and other local efforts nationwide. This support is made possible when local CROP WALKS choose our unique option of returning up to 25 percent of what their CROP WALK raises to hunger-fighting programs in their own community. How many CROP WALKS are there? Each year, some 2,000 communities across the U.S. sponsor CROP WALKS.

What BCGV does

For many years members of the Baptist Church in the Great Valley have joined with over a dozen Main Line churches in the annual CROP WALK or acted as crossing guards.  BCGV raised $274 in 2011, 25 percent of which went to help local food banks, and the rest to benefit the overall hunger-fighting ministry of Church World Service, which reaches some 80 countries.

How you can serve

You can also take action locally by joining with your friends and neighbors on the 2012 Main Line Crop Walk gemerally held on the second on Sunday afternoon in October.   Walkers and crossing guards rally at 1:00 p.m. in the Ardmore Square parking lot off Montgomery Avenue and step off at 1:30 p.m.  Walkers may choose either a 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer course to suit their age and condition.  If unable to walk, you can support CROP WALK  by sending your check to BCGV, Attn.: Financial Secretary, marking your check for CROP WALK.