Wichita CROP Walk

Why We Walk – Alleviating Hunger Locally and Around the World

The Wichita CROP Hunger Walk seeks to educate, inspire and empower the Wichita community to be agents of change in the fight against poverty and hunger through fundraising events with local and international impact. The Walk is an opportunity for Wichita residents of all ages, faiths, cultures and circumstances to join together to demonstrate their concern for those who are poor and do not have enough food to eat, both across the globe and in our own backyard.   ¼ of funds raised stay local and help the work of 4 local recipient agencies.  ¾ of the funds raised assist the hungry around the world through Church World Service.

Breakfast and Neighborhood Fellowship – City Life Church
     First Baptist Church of Wichita, now united with and renamed City Life Church ministers to those in need in our community with a warm, freshly made breakfast each Sunday serving an average of 150 people each week. Other services offered are a sewing/mending ministry once a month and free haircuts by trained professionals several times a month. Twice monthly medical clinics are held for the uninsured, providing basic medical care, which includes blood-pressure monitoring, dispensing over the counter drugs (i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen), as well as writing prescriptions and making referrals. Within the last year, a once-a-month dental clinic has been added that does some extractions, pain management and referrals.

      City Life Church wishes to minister to the spiritual well-being of our urban poor, as well as their physical well-being. Each Sunday a worship service is held prior to the breakfast, with praise and worship music, prayer and a message. Communion is also served once a month. Steps are being taken to include more leadership from within those who regularly attend.

Inter-Faith Ministries Wichita – Food Ministries                
                                                                                 Inter-Faith Ministries Wichita unites people of all beliefs to provide shelter, food and basic needs for the working poor and homeless. IFM puts faith and values into action by providing the homeless, chronically mentally ill and low income families with three emergency shelters, 104 permanent supported apartments, Operation Holiday and summer lunch programs. Case managers help each person develop individualized goals and benchmarks. In 2016, we assisted 13,350 individuals.

Free Community Breakfast  -  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church                                                                                        The Free Community Breakfast at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church began in January 1999 with a monthly breakfast on Saturdays to serve an unmet need on weekends for a hearty breakfast and a warm welcome for neighbors in the center of Wichita with a focus on inviting and welcoming homeless neighbors and hungry neighbors.  It expanded to weekly Saturday breakfasts in 2005 as partner churches came on board and currently is offered at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 925 N. Waco every Saturday except the 1st Saturday of each month when our partner First Presbyterian Church welcomes hungry neighbors and serves breakfast at their location just a few blocks away.

United Methodist Open Door Community Food Ministry                                                                                                United Methodist Open Door has been in the community for 52 years providing direct services to families in need of food, clothing, and shelter.  Funds from the CROP Hunger Walk will help to provide a food box to families in need through the Community Food Ministry.  The Community Food Ministry (CFM) located at 2130 E. 21st St N in Wichita is the largest community-wide food-box program in the area.  CFM is an emergency food assistance program providing a nutritionally balanced food box once per month to families in need.  The food box includes items such as canned fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, soup and bread.   Free USDA commodity foods under The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) are also distributed to qualifying families living in Sedgwick County.  A total of 22,559 boxes of food were served in 2016.

Church World Service                                                          

     Church World Service (CWS) was founded in 1946 and is a cooperative ministry of 37 Christian denominations and communions.  CWS provides sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance around the world. The CWS mission is to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice at the national and international level through collaboration with partners abroad and in the US.  The first CROP Hunger Walk was in the 1960s. In 2016 there were over 1000 CROP Hunger Walks across the US with approximately 120,000 walkers raising over $10 million to fight hunger and poverty in international and local communities