Frequently Asked Questions
- What does CROP stand for?
- Is there a fee?
- How do I get involved?
- When was the first CROP Hunger Walk?
- How many CROP Hunger Walks are there?
- Where do CROP Hunger Walk funds go?
- How do CROP Hunger Walks help out here at home?
- What else makes CROP Hunger Walks special?
- What is Church World Service?
- Are corporations and businesses involved in CROP Hunger Walks?
- How much of each dollar contributed goes toward overhead?
- Besides the CROP Hunger Walk, does Church World Service have other opportunities for mission outreach?
- Besides Church World Service, can I designate my gift to be used by other organizations?
What does CROP stand for?
Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.
When CROP began in 1947 (under the wing of Church World Service, which was founded in 1946), the name was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program; its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia. Reflective of a program that for several decades has been both urban and rural, today CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and identifies interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by 21 CWS/CROP regional offices across the U.S.
Is there a fee?
No, but we do request a minimum donation of $25 which includes a CROP Walk T-shirt.
How do I get involved?
When was the first CROP Hunger Walk?
On October 17, 1969, a thousand people in Bismarck, ND, walked in what may have been the first-ever CROP Hunger Walk -- and raised $25,000 to help stop hunger. Several other CROP Hunger Walks occurred soon thereafter, and before long there were hundreds of CROP Hunger Walks each year in communities nationwide.
How many CROP Hunger Walks are there?
Each year, some 2,000 communities across the U.S. sponsor CROP Hunger Walks. More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.
Where do CROP Hunger Walk funds go?
CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of partner agencies in some 80 countries. CROP Hunger Walks help to provide tools of hope that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs -- something CWS has learned through some 61 years of working in partnership around the world.
In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to local hunger-fighting programs.
How do CROP Hunger Walks help out here at home?
This year CROP Hunger Walks will share more than $3.7 million with food banks, pantries, community gardens, and other local efforts nationwide. This support is made possible when local CROP Hunger 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.
What else makes CROP Hunger Walks special?
Because CROP Hunger Walks are ecumenical, interfaith, multi-cultural events, individual donors have the option of designating their gifts to other approved international hunger-fighting agencies. This option is unique to CROP events, and available for individual sponsors only. Gifts not so designated go to support the worldwide ministry of Church World Service.
What is Church World Service?
Church World Service is a cooperative ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations, providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance in some 80 countries.
Within the U.S., Church World Service assists communities in responding to disasters, resettles refugees, promotes fair national and international policies, provides educational resources, and offers opportunities to join a people-to-people network of local and global caring through participation in CROP Hunger Walks, the Tools & Blankets Program, and the CWS Kits Program.
Whether in CROP Hunger Walks, through congregational or denominational giving, individual giving, grants, wills, or charitable gift annuities--people and groups who support the work of Church World Service give in a spirit of oneness with neighbors near and far.
Are corporations and businesses involved in CROP Hunger Walks?
Nationally, upwards of 200 corporations match employee gifts and/or volunteer hours to the CROP Hunger Walk. Locally, thousands of businesses and media outlets support their community's CROP Hunger Walk, providing T-shirts and other supplies, turning out teams of Walkers -- and in many other ways too numerous to list.
How much of each dollar contributed goes toward overhead?
Over the last five years, on average just over 16.4% of the funds contributed to Church World Service has gone to management, fund raising, and information sharing.
Besides the CROP Hunger Walk, does Church World Service have other opportunities for mission outreach?
Yes. The Tools & Blankets Program offers congregations and groups a way to share "tools" both large and small with children and families in need, including blankets, bedding, tents and other shelter items when an emergency or natural disaster occurs. Congregations and groups also get involved through the CWS Kits Program which provides recovery kits -- such as Hygiene Kits, School Kits, Baby Kits, and Clean-up Buckets -- that make a world of difference in emergency situations or areas of ongoing great need. Information on any or all of these outreach opportunities can be yours by calling toll-free 888-CWS-CROP (that's 888-297-2767).
Besides Church World Service, can I designate my gift to be used by other organizations?
Yes. Church World Service partners with many other affiliate agencies to help meet the needs of persons all around the world. If you wish, you may designate the funds you raise in your team or donate individually to be sent to one of the following hunger fighting organizations:
- Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
- American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC)
- Baptist World Aid/Baptist World Alliance (BWA)
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)
- Christian Removed World Relief Committee (CRWRC)
- Heifer International (HI)
- Project Hope (HOPE)
- International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
- Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
- Medical Assistance Program (MAP)
- Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
- Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM)
- Outreach International (OI)
- Southern Baptist International Mission Board (SBIMB)
- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
- World Relief/National Association of Evangelicals (WR/NAE)