After the ravages of World War II, farmers across the Midwest donated food and seed crops to help support communities facing hunger in Europe and Asia. This would be the beginning of the Christian Rural Overseas Program, or CROP.
It is believed that the first walk to support CROP took place in 1969 in North Dakota. That inaugural event raised $25,000 to help stop hunger. Since then, more than 2,000 communities across the U.S. host 1,300 CROP Hunger Walks each year. According to CROP’s website, “more than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.”
Next month, the annual CROP Hunger Walk returns to our area. Walkers will come together at First United Methodist Church of Farmington on May 7. A portion of the proceeds from the community event go to support CARES of Farmington Hills, Neighborhood House of Farmington, Salvation Army Farmington Branch, Yad Ezra Kosher Food Pantry, and Zaman International. CARES will even have its own team participating!
Wright Beamer has long supported the work of CARES of Farmington Hills and Neighborhood House. We value the many organizations that make our community better. Learn more about our local CROP Hunger Walk on the event page to see how you can help.