Early in the 1980s, some members of Oak Park's Second Presbyterian Church (since closed) formed a group interested in hunger issues. They met weekly in homes for simple soup suppers, and to address hunger issues and solutions. They soon transferred their membership to First United Church of Oak Park, where they continued to meet with the encouragement of the church staff. In about 1983 they were approached by Janet Young, Regional Directory for Church World Service (CWS), to start a local CROP Walk to raise funds to alleviate hunger. CWS uses funds raised by CROP Walks for national and international relief and development programs. For more information about CWS you can check the website:
This year our walk is virtual. See details on how you can still help in these more trying times.
This year is our 37th annual Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk. Since our inception we have raised over $1,600,000.00 to support local agencies in our community and around the world.