This year the CROP Walk is on October 8. Registration begins at 12:30 and the walk at 1:00 PM.

The 5K route is an easy walk beginning and ending at Onalaska United Methodist, 212 4th Avenue N, Onalaska.

 Barbara McPeak is coordinating the walk this year. If you want more information she can be reached at (608) 780-9035 or bj_mcpeak@charter.net

What does CROP stand for?

When CROP began in 1947 (under the wing of Church World Services, which was founded in 1946) CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia. The acronym has been out-grown but the historic name of the program has been retained. CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service (CWS) and organized by CWS local offices across the U.S.

Where do CROP Hunger Walk Funds go?

CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting in its own community. This year The La Crosse Hunger Task Force, WAFER Food Pantry and Senior Share (the largest food pantry serving the La Crosse area), and Onalaska Holmen Emergency Food Basket are the recipients of funds raised.

CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources 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 68 years of working in partnership around the world.