Women and girls carry water home in Geles, Darfur.  Credit Paul Jeffrey ACT Carita
CROP Walk Donate2019 CROP WALK for Hunger
Sunday, October 20
Walk begins at 10:00 a.m., register until 2:00 p.m.
Temple Beth-El, 118 S. Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie

What is the CROP Walk?

The CROP Walk is a community-wide event, organized by DCIC since 1975, to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. It is sponsored by Church World Service. This 6.3 mile walk begins and ends at Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie. There are three stops along the route with access to bathrooms and water.

It is sponsored by Church World Service. This 6.3 mile walk begins and ends at Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie. There are three stops along the route with access to bathrooms and water.

What is Church World Service?

Founded in 1946, CWS is a co-operative organization of 36 Christian denominations working together to eradicate hunger and poverty, promote peace and justice among the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves people of all faiths.

What does CWS do?

CWS works with partners around the world to: build interfaith and intercultural coalitions support sustainable grassroots development provide disaster relief and refugee assistance promote fair national and international policies provide educational resources.

Important Dates for CROP:
  • CROP Walk For Hunger, Sunday, October 20, Walking starts at 10:00 a.m., registration ends at 2:00 p.m., but keep walking until 4:00 p.m., Temple Beth-El, 118 S. Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie
  • Trainings and Material Pick-up are on Monday, September 9th and Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 118 S. Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie
  • CROP Harvest Event Sunday, November 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m., St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 22 Wilbur Blvd, Poughkeepsie. Recruiters are asked to bring their walker's envelopes and funds raised. Please use the side entrance.
A father and his ill son consult with a CWS health team worker. CWS Mobile Health Units are reaching flood survivors who would not otherwise be able to find medical care.

Learn more about CWS

-Food Security
Food security occurs when people have consistent access to sufficient safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.
WS provides assistance to communities impacted by disaster — and stays for the long term to ensure that vulnerable persons recover and are prepared for the future.
-Immigrants & Refugees
More than 15.5 million people around the world are refugees – uprooted by persecution and armed conflict. CWS assists refugees and displaced persons in many ways. CWS offices and affiliates provide immigration legal services, including assistance with travel documents, petitions for family members and more.
-Women & Children
Women make up approximately one half the population of the world, yet nearly two-thirds of the world’s illiterate are women. All around the globe women face hardship caused by lack of education, lack of opportunity and lack of equality. It is a recipe guaranteed to perpetuate the patterns that trap so many of them – and their children – in poverty.
More than one billion people lack access to safe water – and more than 2.1 million of them die each year from waterborne diseases. We're helping change that.

Where does the money raised for CROP Walk go?

Hand in Hand food Co-operative scene

The money raised goes to a variety of programs to relieve hunger and poverty and respond to emergency situations around the world.

25% of the money we raise stays right here in Dutchess County to help fight hunger in our own community. In 2015 over $10,000 from our CROP Walk went to four local organizations to help fight hunger: Dutchess Outreach, the Community Action Agency, the Beulah Baptist Saturday Soup Kitchen and the Fishkill Reformed Church Food Pantry benefited.

When is the money collected?

After the walk, each organization's recruiter collects the money raised by his or her team of walkers and turns it in to DCIC at the CROP Walk Harvest Event. The money is then sent to Church World Service who sends us back our local share.

In 2016, over 450 walkers from over 50 congregations, community groups, and organizations in Dutchess County raised $60,000! The DCIC CROP Hunger Walk has consistantly ranked as one of the highest yielding CROP Walks in New England.

Flood survivors in Pakistan carry their CWS relief packages in Mirpurkhas District, Sindh Province.

What Can you do for CROP?

Finding a CROP Walk team is easy:

-Look for a CROP team online.

-Ask your school, faith group or organization if they have a CROP Walk team.

-Contact the DCIC.

-You can even join the CROP Walk by sponsoring yourself and raise money as a walker online

-No time to walk? You can also donate to the DCIC CROP Hunger Walk

Start a CROP Walk Team

If your organization or congregation doesn’t currently have a recruiter or a team, it’s easy to start:

-Sign-up online to become a recruiter and walkers can find you; recruit friends, family and co-workers to become walkers.

-Attend a one of two CROP Walk Recruiter Training sessions in August or September.

Help DCIC with our CROP Walk

Contact the DCIC Office if you'd like to:
-Join the CROP Walk committee and help us organize and plan the event, there is always a lot of work to do!
-Volunteer to help DCIC on the day of the CROP Walk. We will need volunteers for set-up and clean-up, registration, and helping with the DCIC CROP Bake Sale.

Teams and individuals who raise the most money for our CROP Walk are honored each year at the DCIC Annual Meeting.

More Information

Any interested recruiters or walkers can contact the DCIC Office at 845-471-7333 for more information or materials. Interested volunteers should contact F. Kennon Moody, the Crop Walk committee chair, at 845-223-3370 for further information

A Look At Past DCIC CROP Walks

DCIC Crop Walk could not be the great success it is without the help of countless volunteers over the past three decades.
CROP 2010 Pic 1 2011 CROP Walk volunteers help register walkers Mary MoodyOur #1 CROP Walk recruiter and walker for many years, Mary Moody.
CROP VolunteersCROP Walk checkpoint volunteers, early 1980's CROP Walk Pic 4Volunteers from the Culinary Institute of America's Chefs in Community Service help at the DCIC 2011 CROP Walk Bake Sale.
CROP Walk 2010 Pic 5Beulah Baptist Church's Soup Kitchen Coordinator Doris Brown grabs some coffee from the DCIC CROP Walk Bake Sale CROP Walk 2010 Pic 6CROP Walk Committee Chair Dr. Kennon Moody chats with Rev. Gail Burger, former Executive Director of DCIC
CROP Committee
The DCIC CROP Walk Committee hard at work in 2012. Left to right: head of recruiter training, Miriam Zimet-Aaron, CROP treasurer, Uma Satyendra and long-time chair, Dr. Kennon Moody.
CROP Check Presentation
2012 check presentation to three local organization who received the %25 return on DCIC CROP Walk funds, left to right: Miriam Zimet-Aaron, Dr. Kennon Moody,Elizabeth Spira of Community Action Network, Uma Satyendra, Brian Riddell of Dutchess Outreach, DCIC Presdient Theresa Giovanniello, Doris Cohen of Beulah Baptist Soup Kitchen.