What is the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk?
The Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk takes place each Fall as a part of a nationwide endeavor to raise money to alleviate hunger and poverty in this country and overseas. The concept is simple: Ending hunger one step at a time. Since its first walk in 1978, Charlotte has raised almost $8 million to relieve hunger, with almost $2 million staying in the community to help Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provide relief to people in need.
This is the largest CROP Hunger Walk in the country in both the amount of funds raised and the number of walkers who participate. The Walk is 3.6 miles winding through the edge of uptown and the Belmont neighborhood. The length represents the average distance people in third world countries must walk to obtain clean water. The Walk is an opportunity for Charlotte residents of all ages, faiths and circumstances to join together to demonstrate their concern for those who are poor and do not have enough food to eat, both across the globe and in our own backyard.
CROP Hunger Walks also support the grass roots, poverty-fighting development efforts of Church World Service (CWS) in more than 40 countries, including the United States. CROP Hunger Walks provide tools of hope that empower people to meet their own survival needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and microenterprise loans, the key is bringing people together to overcome poverty, which is the world’s #1 cause of hunger.
People in our community and around the world who face poverty on a regular basis and are served by our local and international agencies.
Since its first walk in 1978, Charlotte has raised over $7.5 million to relieve hunger, with $1.8 million staying in the community.
How Are Funds Used?
Twenty five percent (25%) of the funds raised stay in Charlotte to benefit the three local agencies listed below. The balance of the money (75%) is used worldwide by Church World Service to relieve the tragic results of catastrophic events such as earthquakes, flooding, and famine. The agency also provides sustainable development and education in impoverished countries.