Church World Service (CWS), the sponsor of CROP Hunger Walks, has been working to relieve hunger and poverty throughout the world since 1946. CWS grew out of the needs of refugees who were left with nothing in the aftermath of World War II.
The 2015 event was a celebration of 40 years of Kalamazoo CROP walkers, working and walking together to help disadvantaged people around the world and in Kalamazoo, together raising over $1.5 million dollars on their behalf. Locally, over 500 walkers raised over $39,000 during 2015; FPC’s portion was $1,618. One-fourth of the proceeds was allocated for local projects, with the remainder going to support activities of CWS.
The 2016 event was held at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, 448 North Burdick Street. A catered luncheon was served by Ample Pantry. It was wonderful time of food and fellowship, giving thanks for our walkers and donors from 2016. The 2016 CROP Hunger Walk raised $32,722 for needed support in the community. These six agencies shared in the proceeds:
- Ministry With Community
- Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
- Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
- Open Doors
- YWCA Domestic Assault Shelter
- Ecumenical Senior Center
The next CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Please consider walking with us.