As vulnerable people in our community and around the world face even greater challenges with hunger and poverty because of COVID-19, our local CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal to raise $20,000 this fall to respond. With safety in mind, CROP Hunger Walkers can support the charity walk one of three ways:
Please arrive 15 minutes before your team's assigned start time and gather at the grassy area north of the Andrews Park Amphitheater. Individual walkers not affiliated with a particular team may choose any of the following start times.
1:30 – First Christian
1:45 – West Wind/Grace Fellowship
2:00 – St. Stephen’s
2:15 – First Congregational/Oklahoma Electric Cooperative
2:30 – Memorial Presbyterian/St. John's Episcopal
2:45 – Goodrich UMC/Sooner Rotary
3:00 – University Lutheran/New Hope Christian
3:15 – NorthHaven Church/McFarlin
3:30 – First Presbyterian/First Baptist
3:45 – St. Thomas More
4:00 – Other, if needed
All participants are encouraged to register and raise funds online.
The Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger will bring together hundreds of people - many virtually - from faith groups, businesses and organizations on Sunday, Oct. 18, to fight hunger and poverty locally and around the world.
To protect public safety due to COVID-19, CROP Walk organizers are offering three ways for CROP Walkers to participate: as virtual "spirit walkers," by walking on their own, or by walking with a team "social distancing" at Andrews Park on Oct. 18. All participants will be encouraged to register and raise funds online at www.crophungerwalk.org/normanok.
CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, is a nationwide, ecumenical effort to raise awareness and raise funds to fight hunger and poverty. Our local charity walk is one of more than 800 CROP Walks across the country this year and is organized by volunteers from local faith groups and community organizations.
Twenty-five percent of CROP Walk proceeds will be donated to Norman’s Food & Shelter Inc., which provides housing for homeless families and individuals, free meals and other vital services to those in need. The remaining proceeds support the international hunger-fighting and development projects of Church World Service. Although not affiliated with a particular church, the non-profit agency’s efforts are supported by a coalition of over 35 denominations and faith groups. Church World Service programs in the developing world focus on self help, economic and environmental sustainability, strengthening local communities, and building self-reliance.
CROP Walk teams include churches, student groups, businesses, community organizations, families and friends. You need not be part of a team to participate. To register as a team or individual, visit www.crophungerwalk.org/normanok.
“Hunger is very real in our community,” said April Heiple, executive director of Food & Shelter. “Many Norman school children rely on the free and reduced lunch program for their daily nutrition. Without adequate food in their pantries, their families rely on our community to ensure their children do not go to bed hungry. One simple way you can be part of the solution is by supporting the CROP Walk.”
The theme for this year's walk and our T-shirt is inspired by the Helen Keller quote: "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."
We give special thanks to graphic designer Jessica Lauer for this year's design!
Shirts in sizes small through XXXL will be available for sale for $15 will be FREE to walkers who raise $100 or more. Shirts can be picked up at Andrews Park on Oct. 18 or at the drive-up window at Lanoy Tag Agency, 1315 24th Ave. SW. The tag agency is open from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For information, contact Sherry at (405) 823-7148.
Norman’s CROP Walk was started in 1984 by two churches – First Christian Church and St. Stephen’s United Methodist. Over the years, it has expanded to become the Cleveland County CROP Walk, involving dozens of faith groups, businesses, student organizations and civic groups from throughout our county.
Since the walk began, we have raised more than $380,000 with to support the work of Church World Service, with $95,000 of that staying in Cleveland County to help our neighbors at Food and Shelter.
Our local walk committee is led by a very caring and dedicated group of about a dozen lay leaders from local churches and other community organizations.