Troy CROP Hunger Walk Surpasses $375,000 in Total Funds for Local and World Hunger with Help of Wellco President

Two hundred fifty eight hunger fighting advocates representing 17 organizations walked to raise $19,023 for a total of nearly $385,000 in their 20-year span.

Troy, MI, July 04, 2010 --( Ordinarily, charitable activates can expect declining giving due to economic challenges.

But by the time the hunger fighting advocates walked a 4-mile trek from Community Fellowship United Methodist through the neighborhoods of Troy, they had passed a significant milestone.

Two hundred fifty eight hunger fighting advocates representing 17 organizations walked to raise $19,023 for a total of nearly $385,000 in their 20-year span.

Through the wonderful and faithful leadership of our CROP Hunger Walk Committee who represent churches, organizations and local food ministries, many hungry and hurting people in Detroit Metropolitan Area and throughout the world have received food, water and shelter.

“The need for hunger relief is greater than ever, even in your own backyard,” says walk coordinator Scott Foster.

Working with the faith community, businesses and local residents to organize the annual event, is more than just part-time volunteer work for the 42-year-old President of Wellco.

"I’ve been poor but never hungry," he says. "Most people have sympathy for those who need help meeting basic needs like food, water and shelter they just need a personal invitation to get involved and engaged."

In addition to aiding those in need in other countries, the Troy Area CROP Hunger Walk, shares 25% of funds raised with four local ministries: the Metropolitan Christian Council meals for Shut-Ins program, Troy People Concern, Baldwin Church & Center in Pontiac, and the Cass Community Social Services Center in Detroit. Global ministries that will receive help from the CROP Hunger Walk include our friends in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake this past January, children in Darfur, church partners in Chile, and recent flood victims in the Midwest and Northeast US. CWS/CROP has a presence in each of these communities through our indigenous partners and local churches. There are nearly 150 CROP Hunger Walks in the state of Michigan, with more than $2,000,000 raised through the annual events each year.

“The Troy Area CROP Hunger Walk, which began in 1991, has touched the lives of thousands in the Metro Area and around the world,” said Bob Barnhart, Church World Service – Michigan Regional Director. “The caring generosity of the people in the Troy Area gives me and many others hope for a better world.”

CROP Hunger Walks were among the very first fundraising walks in the United States. The rich history of CROP Hunger Walking started in the late 1960's when a group of churches in the Midwest hosted an event in solidarity with people in the developing world who had to walk daily for food, water, education, employment and health care. People raised funds through a pledge per mile, and then choose to walk 20 miles together in tandem with those throughout the world who must walk on a daily basis. Thus the birth of CROP Hunger Walks, which have multiplied to over 1700 Walks nationwide. Michigan is celebrating their 40th year in 2010, with the first CROP Hunger Walk taking place in Marne, Michigan organized by the United Methodist Youth in the West Michigan district. Since that first Walk, Michiganders have raised more that $43,000,000 for hunger related needs in Michigan and in over 80 countries worldwide.

Church World Service works to help those who face hardship have better lives. CWS provides emergency relief for those displaced by disasters or war, we resettle refugees, we support programs that foster self-reliance, and we advocate for those without a voice. Founded in 1946, Church World Service is a cooperative ministry of 36 Christian denominations and communions working together because our faith calls us to help all who are in need – anyone. Church World Service is working with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice among the world's most vulnerable people. For more information, please visit or

Contact: Laura Robinson
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Laura Robinson