The Boulder CROP Hunger Walk
The Boulder County CROP Hunger Walk takes place every October as a part of a nationwide effort to raise funds to help alleviate hunger and poverty here in the United States and internationally. Virginia McConnell of Boulder was one of the main founders of the first walk in 1985 (which raised about $5,628). She liked the practical idea of a walk to raise awareness and funds for those suffering from hunger and poverty. The first walk visited several Boulder food pantries and followed a 10 mile route!
Virginia helped organize the walk for the next 15 years and participated in every walk for almost three decades and worked to support it mission.
Who has hosted the walk?
Here is a recent history of location, host and funds raised:
|Dates||Walk Location||Church Host||Funds Raised|
|2010||Boulder||St Andrews Presbyterian Church||$55,000.00|
|10/23/2011||Boulder||1st United Methodist Church||$54,055.00|
|10/14/2012||Longmont||Long’s Peak United Methodist Church||$35,198.00|
|10/20/2013||Lafayette||Cairn Christian Church||$38,457.93|
|10/19/2014||Longmont||United Church of Christ||$36,030.00|
|10/25/2015||Boulder||St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church||$34,840.00|
|10/16/2016||Longmont||Heart Of Longmont||$39,694.00|
|10/15/2017||Boulder||First Congregational Church||$29,856.00|
|10/21/2018||Boulder||Community United Church of Christ||$29,280.00|
|10/20/2019||Longmont||Westview Presbyterian Church||$43,820.00|
|10/25/20||no location||virtual walks||$43,517.80|
Who do the donations benefit?
This walk raises awareness and funds for hunger-fighting programs such as Community Food Share serving Boulder and Broomfield counties, the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of Church World Service (CWS) around the world, and the grassroots hunger, and Bread for the World who seeks justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decisions makers..
How long is the walk?
Usually, there has been a 10k walk/run that most walkers complete in 2 and 2 1/2 hours. In recent events, walkers have options of a shorter walk (2 miles) for those who wish.
We walk no matter what the weather!
Most walks have had resplendent weather!