Spring into step with the walk to end hunger - Berkeley Crop Walks begin

March 07, 2007

The Northern California/Northern Nevada Office of Church World Service (CWS)/CROP announces the start of its spring season of CROP community fund-raising walks – and the 60th anniversary of CROP events! Since 1947, Church World Service’s CROP community events have provided an effective means for individuals, congregations, and communities to respond to humanitarian needs worldwide.


While CROP Hunger Walks have largely replaced the grain canvasses of an earlier era, the goal remains the same: Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. Some 2,000 communities across the country participate in CROP events each year, raising funds for local hunger-fighting agencies as well as for the international relief and development efforts of CWS. The agency works in partnership in some 80 countries globally, and has offices in South America, East Africa, Southern Africa, Pakistan/Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia.


Regionally, 11 CROP Hunger Walks are planned from March through June:


March 10 – Visalia CROP Hunger Walk – St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 120 W. Hall

            Registration: 8:30 a.m., Walk: 9:00 a.m.

          Contact: April Hill, (559) 738-1965, aprhill52@sbcglobal.net

          Local Recipients: Tulare County Food Link


March 11 – Marin Hunger Walk – St. Vincent De Paul Dining Room

            Registration: 2:00 p.m. Walk: 2:30 p.m.

Contact: Patty Sanders, (415) 457-1916, (415) 515-6127 jpsanders@msn.com

Local Recipients: Marin Community Food Bank and St. Vincent De Paul Dining Room

Co-Sponsor: Marin Interfaith Council


April 21 – Modesto CROP Hunger Walk – Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont

            Contact: Rev. Dave Warner, (209) 524-6841, genevapcusa@clearwater.net

          Next Meeting: Sunday, March 11, 3:00 p.m. Geneva Presbyterian Church

          Recruiter Rally: Sunday March 25, 3:30 p.m. Geneva Presbyterian Church

          Local Agency and Co-sponsor: Inter-faith Ministries


April 22 – East Bay CROP WALK – Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland

          Registration: 1:30 p.m., Walk: 2:00 p.m.

Contact: Marijke Fakasiieiki, (510) 848-7024, mfakasiieiki@churchworldservice.org

Recruiter Rally: Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, (1953 Hopkins St., Berkeley)

Local Recipients: Alameda County Community Food Bank, YEAH (a youth drop-in center), and CASA (a refugee shelter)

Co-Sponsor: The Presbytery of San Francisco


April 29 – 30th Annual South Bay CROP Hunger Walk – meeting at Lincoln High School., 555 Dana St., walking around the San Jose Rose Garden.

          Registration: 12:30 p.m., Walk: 1:00 p.m.

Contact: Dave Ahn, (650) 725-5320, (408) 739-3226, dahn@stanford.edu

Local Agencies: Second Harvest Food Bank and Sacred Heart Community Services

Recruiter Rally: Saturday, March 10th, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 751 Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale

Co-Sponsor: Santa Clara County Council of Churches


April 29 – Marysville/Yuba City CROP Hunger Walk – First Presbyterian Church, Marysville

            Contact: Sarah Aseltine, (530) 675-2773, awa@lostsierra.net

          Local Agency: Christian Assistance Network

Co-sponsor: Yuba Sutter Christian Ministerial Association


May 6 – Merced CROP WALK – St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Yosemite Ave.

            Registration: 1:00 p.m., Walk 1:30 p.m.

            Contact: Dee Near, (209) 756-6086, neard@comcast.net

          Local Agencies: Catholic Charities, The Lighthouse, Merced County Food Bank


May 12 – Chico/Paradise CROP Hunger Walk, First Baptist Church, Chico

Contact: Joanne Horne, (530) 343-1497, aganasagik@yahoo.com, or Bob Irvine, (530) 877-4146, bobi@calvoc.org

Local Agencies: Served by the Chico Interfaith Council

Co-sponsor: Chico Interfaith Council


May 20 – Coastside  (Half Moon Bay) CROP Hunger Walk

            Location and Time: TBA

Contact: Marijke Fakasiieiki, (510) 848-7024, mfakasiieiki@churchworldservice.org

Next Meeting: March 12th, 7:00 p.m. Coastside Lutheran Church

Local Agency: TBA


June 2? – Mendocino County CROP Hunger Walk

Location and Time: TBA

Contact: Dan Fowler, (707) 964-2316, dfowler@mcn.org

Local Agency: Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program

Co-sponsor: North County Ministerial Association


TBA – Monterey County CROP Hunger Walk

Contact: Marijke Fakasiieiki, (510) 848-7024, mfakasiieiki@churchworldservice.org

          Local Agency: TBA

          Co-sponsor: Monterey Peninsula Ministerial Association


Walks start and end at local parks or churches and can range up to 10K in length. Families, dogs, strollers, wheelchairs, and wagons are allowed. Walkers can invite sponsors to donate in person and through the online donation page at www.cropwalkonline.org. Individual walkers may register on the walk day. Sponsors can donate to individual walkers directly or online.


CWS Indonesia is helping residents of Banda Aceh to rebuild their homes and livelihoods after the tsunami two years ago. In Pakistan CWS is working with the remote populations still affected by the massive earthquake and by overriding poverty. Many people are still in temporary shelters, and are learning new trades to support themselves.


CWS Vietnam has brought water and sanitation to schools and villages in the mountains. And in the vast Chaco region of South America, CWS is working with indigenous populations to establish legal claim to their ancestral lands and establish sustainable enterprises to support their communities.


CWS also provides relief and recovery assistance when disasters strike in the United States. CWS is working with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes in the Gulf Coast and provided “care for the caregivers” workshops to the traumatized clergy and relief personnel who have worked throughout the Gulf Coast region.


With up to 25 percent of the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks going to support local hunger-fighting efforts in the U.S., CROP Hunger Walks gather churches, synagogues, mosques, school classes, and youth groups to help alleviate hunger at home and around the world.


Each day, more than 27,000 children die from hunger, malnutrition, dirty water, and preventable illnesses like diarrhea and malaria, according to the United Nations Children's Fund.


CROP Hunger Walkers are committed to raising funds and awareness to make a difference in the global fight against hunger and poverty. One 94-year-old walker in California has been participating for 28 years. One group in Indiana walked despite recent tornadoes. They walked through a rainstorm in San Luis Obispo, California.


CROP Walkers remember the millions of people around the world who walk for water, for food, to get to school, to get to jobs. "We walk because they walk," is the motto of CROP Hunger Walks.


Local CROP Hunger Walks can be found by visiting www.churchworldservice.org/CROP or by calling 888-CWS-CROP.


Media Contacts:
For more information, to have a recruiter packet sent to your group, or for a visit from CWS/CROP, contact: Marijke Fakasiieiki, Assistant Regional Director, CWS/CROP, Northern California/Northern Nevada Office, (510) 848-7024, mfakasiieiki@churchworldservice.org

Lesley Crosson, CWS/New York, 212-870-2676; lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin (24/7), 781-925-1526; jdragin@gis.net


Sending School, Health and Baby Kits during this time of need is a great help to folks in the U.S. and overseas:  http://www.churchworldservice.org/kits/index.html


If you see a walk where the Coordinator is the Assistant Director, we are seeking leadership for those committees: East Bay, Coastside (Half Moon Bay), and Monterey, as well as for all walks in the region. If you would like to start a CROP Hunger Walk in yoru community, please let us know!