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A Month Away

A month away from Help the Hungry.  A reminder of what our walk is about:

2014 HUNGER WALKATHON WEST “Ending Hunger – One Step At A Time”

SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 Registration: 1:00 p.m. Step-Off: 2:00 p.m.

Pilgrim Congregational Church 460 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL See Map

Come Walk with Us

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that everyone in our community and around the world has enough food on their table to nourish their family? For over 30 years, the annual CROP Hunger Walkathon West has helped to move closer to making that vision a reality. Over the years of the local CROP Hunger Walk, we have raised more than $1.1 million to help alleviate hunger – we are very proud of that history.

The CROP Hunger Walk is an annual community event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations. The Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk includes more than 30 caring churches, schools, and organizations in Oak Park, River Forest, Austin, and Forest Park – all working together to help fight against hunger. More than 400 individuals participate in the Walk each year. It has become a prized annual tradition.

Thanks to our amazing Recruiters and Walkers, last year we raised over $62,000 – the most funds raised in all of the State of Illinois CROP Walks! As the need has grown larger, we have set a goal for 2014 of $75,000. Therefore, this year we have joined in the Feinstein Foundation Challenge. For each dollar received by our CROP Hunger Walk before May 1st, the Foundation will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting agencies – so every dollar counts even more!

These funds support the amazing work of Church World Service, which works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice around the world. They provide sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, refugee assistance, and educate and advocate on hunger-related issues; both here in the U.S. and abroad. And 25% of the proceeds are distributed to the following eight local agencies right here in our own community: Cluster Tutoring, Forest Park Food Pantry, Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry, Pine Avenue Food Pantry, Prevail, Proviso Food Pantry, St. Eulalia Quinn Center Food Pantry, and West Suburban PADS. These agencies provide much-needed services to our community and they are so appreciative of the help we are able to give them through the outstanding efforts of all those involved in the Crop Walks, especially now when the need is greater than ever! Feel free to check out our Website at  if you would like more information on the local agencies we support. Even if you are unable to join us at the CROP Walk, there are many other ways your Church or organization can make a difference in this worthwhile effort. Some suggestions are:

• Collecting a “special offering” • Conducting a bake sale • Having a fundraising dinner or event • Setting up a “Team” page Online, then advertising in your Newsletter, Bulletin, and Website that people could donate that way.

To learn more about our efforts to alleviate hunger or how you can get involved, please visit our website at.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pat Eichenold using the form below:

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