Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

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About the Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk

What is the CROP Hunger Walk?

CROP is an acronym for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. CROP Hunger Walks take place all over the world to raise money to support worldwide efforts to fight hunger and poverty. Funds raised go toward international relief and development, local poverty and hunger fighting advocacy.

CROP Hunger Walks are heavily attended by the faith community and have been taking place in communities all over the world for more than 60 years. Participation in the Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk provides an excellent opportunity for congregations, youth groups and schools to get involved in raising awareness of poverty and hunger in our community. The Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk is also a food drive.

The Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk
The Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk takes place on the second Sunday of October beginning from the McKinley Marina at Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront. Registration is from 12:30 – 1:30pm and the walk begins at 1:30pm. Walkers can choose the 2 mile route around The Veterans Park lagoon or the 5 mile route through downtown Milwaukee.

Where does the money go?
Up to 25% of what is raised at the Milwaukee Walk stays locally to support anti-poverty advocacy work done by Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. Interfaith Conference’s anti-poverty advocacy has contributed to policy changes aimed to reduce the causes of poverty and to protect people who are poor and under-represented in the city, county and state.

The remaining funds are used by Church World Service to provide sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, refugee assistance and global hunger education in more than 80 countries, including the United States. However, a unique difference between CROP Hunger Walks from other events is the option for donors to designate their gifts to another approved international hunger-fighting agency such as Catholic Relief Services, International Orthodox Christian Charities, Lutheran World Relief, MAZON, Muslim Relief, etc.

Where does the food go?
All of the food collected during the Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk is donated to Hunger Task Force which distributes food to pantries, homeless shelters and meal programs throughout the greater Milwaukee area for free. On the day of the Walk, donors bring their non-perishable food items to the McKinley Marina where the food is loaded directly into a Hunger Task Force truck.


Organize a walk/run team: Set a fundraising goal and recruit walkers/runners from your congregation or school. Three Recruiter Rallies will be held in late August/early September where recruiters can pick up materials and tips on how to have a successful CROP Hunger Walk team. For more information on how to get started, contact the Interfaith Conference at 414-276-9050 or

Volunteer: There are several opportunities to volunteer on the day of the walk by helping with registration, being a route marker, assisting with activities and more.

Walk/Run: Walkers/runners can choose a 2 or 5 mile route. Runners either choose to run the long route once or the short route twice.

Sponsor: Support a walker/runner by signing their sponsor sheet and donating money to help their team reach their fundraising goal.

Donate: Give a general donation or support your congregation or favorite walker/runner online
here. Or send a general donation to Interfaith Conference; Attn: CROP, 5409 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee, WI 53208. Make checks payable to CWS/CROP.

Host a Food Drive: It is easy to host a food drive in the name of the Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk. Contact Raeanna Johnson
at Hunger Task Force at 414-238-6473 or or click here to register your food drive with Hunger Task Force.

Create a CROP Hunger Walk Project or competition: Create a project aimed to inform and encourage participation in the CROP Hunger Walk. An example of a project could be a poster contest, a skit, a presentation before the congregation, shoe or foot cut-outs with the names of people who gave posted in hallways, etc. A competition could be between youth and adults to raise the most food and/or money, teams with the most walkers/runners win a prize, clergy and deacons vow to hand wash cars if fundraising goal is not achieved, etc.

Encourage your class to participate: Award service learning hours or designate the Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk as one of the charitable events your group supports.

For more information on any of these opportunities, call (414) 276-9050 or email

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