It’s CROP Hunger Walk time once again and it’s going to be the “longest walk” ever because it will not be a single Sunday event but instead a virtual, open-ended event due to COVID-19. This year is especially important because of the number of food giveaways that have happened since March. Those pantry shelves need replenishing. Since this will be the first virtual walk in the CROP Hunger Walk’s 51 years of official existence, let’s work to keep the momentum going.
It’s easy to get involved:
The Walk will officially be held on Sundays, September 13 and 20, but you can start anytime.
The format of your walk is totally up to you:
- It can be a walk, run, bike ride, rock on your rocking chair, glide on your porch swing, or even a stride on your treadmill.
- Do your walk on any day or days chosen by you and your family using our traditional route (click here for the map), your neighborhood, on a beach, or the Hoodlebug, or Ghost Town trails – you pick!
- Or you can skip the physical part completely and simply gather some donations.
- We ask that you follow current CDC guidelines on your walk including wearing masks and maintaining a 6-foot distance between you and anyone not in your household.
Take some pictures of your walk and send them to Becky Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can tell Calvary’s Crop Hunger Walk story after we’re done. Feel free to be creative and share them on your own social media pages while encouraging others to support our cause.
How to collect donations
The easiest way is to send people to the Calvary Team donation page https://www.crophungerwalk.org/indianapa/calvarychurchpa where you can join our team and/or make a donation online.
If you do collect donations, it’s best to collect them ahead of the event to avoid having to collect pledges afterward. Please make sure checks are written payable to CWS rather than Calvary. (That makes the treasurer’s job easier.) Use this donor tracking form and send it in along with any donations to: Calvary Presbyterian Church, 695 School Street, Indiana, PA. 15701. All donations must be turned in by Thursday, September 24.
If you have any questions please contact Becky Becker at email@example.com.
Remember to tell your friends and family that 75% is for international hunger needs, but 25% stays here in Indiana, and it goes to Indiana County Community Action Program (ICCAP). That local donation benefits the food pantries all over the county. According to Feeding America, almost 15% of local Indiana County households have some measure of food insecurity.
As important as we know the CROP Hunger Walk family (and the people we serve) is to you, now is a time that we all must take care of our families in our homes, our parents, children, sisters, and brothers. As COVID-19 upends our day-to-day routines and literally separates us, may we be reminded that you and I can still lift each other up and comfort each other, whatever the distance. You can also say the following prayer:
2020 Crop Hunger Walk Prayer
God of Love: You saw the pains of this world 51 years ago. You put a fire in the hearts of this CROP Hunger Walk national community to respond to that pain, to walk, to be in communion with the stranger. Now, our eyes are once again open to the brokenness around the hunger, the hate, the inaction. We recommit to healing and to our neighbors who are hungry and thirsty. We lift up your mantle of peace, justice, and love. We will ready ourselves again to walk on a path illuminated by your purpose – to be aware of those still suffering from hunger and poverty, to erase the inequality that diminishes your divine light in all of us, to purge the doubts that nothing will change and to thoughtfully care for your creation. We commit to Your love and to bringing forth a day when no one will be hungry. Amen
Let’s Win the Golden Shoe!
The Golden Shoe, awarded to the church or group raising the most funds, is currently held by Trinity. Let’s all make it a real virtual competition! It’s a friendly competition usually between Calvary and Trinity United Methodist Church. Let’s see if Calvary can win it back by making this a banner year for Calvary.
More details about the CROP Hunger Walk
CROP Hunger Walk had small beginnings in Indiana County in 1998 when they collected $2,321.37. Since those humble beginnings 21 years ago, CROP Hunger Walk has grown from a small number of participants and total dollars raised to an annual event that annually averages more than 100 participants and has raised over $132,000 since 1998. Last year over $7,500 was raised, of which $1,850 was forwarded directly to Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc. (ICCAP) with the balance of $5,650 forwarded to CWS for world hunger. Every $1 you give helps provide 20 meals in poverty-stricken parts of the world. The ICCAP donation benefits the food pantries county-wide.
Quick Facts for Indiana County
- Population, as of July 1, 2019 was 84,073.
- Median household income in 2018 was $46,877.
- Persons in poverty amounted to 15%.
- Per capita income in 2018 was $25,276.
According to Aimee Kemp, Director of ICCAP Food Bank:
- While ICCAP is available to serve all 34,030 households in Indiana County, some 15% or over 5,100 have some food insecurity.
- Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ICCAP has distributed over 3,000 boxes of food.
- ICCAP distributed 563,901 pound of food from January through May/June in 2020.
Quick Facts on Americans Facing Hunger
- 37 million Americans are struggling with hunger and that number is estimated to now increase to 54 million.
- In recent months, world food banks distributed over 947 million meals.
- In the wake of the pandemic, one in four children may face hunger.
- An estimated $1.4 billion will be needed to help our neighbors struggling with hunger through September.