CROP HUNGER WALK
The Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk is also a food drive for Hunger Task Force. In the weeks leading up to the walk, congregations and groups collect food donations and take it down to the lakefront on the day of the walk where it is loaded into a Hunger Task Force truck.
Here are a few suggestions to help make your food drive more fun and successful.
- Give it time: Plan for your food drive to last at least four weeks. Ask people to make a food donation weekly.
- Switch it up: Designate a specific food item from the Hunger Task Force Preferred Foods list each week. (See side panel) Post a list of the non-perishable food item(s) of the week.
- Random Drawing: Have a basket with slips of paper with the name of a non-perishable food item. Ask people to randomly choose a slip of paper and whatever food item they choose is the item they will donate that week. Or have one drawing and make it the food item they bring every week.
- By Dollar Amount: Set a minimum dollar amount of food that each donor or household should purchase. (Example: Each donor purchase $10 worth of non-perishable food items.)
- By the Bag Full: A couple weeks before the CROP Hunger Walk, distribute grocery bags with a CROP Hunger Walk sticker or flyer stapled to it for people to take hoome. (Most stores will be happy to donate bags). Ask them to fill the bag with non-perishable food items and bring it/them to the designated area within your place of worship or down to the lakefront on the day of the Walk.
- By Theme: Have a theme specific food drive and ask the congregation to donate food from that theme e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, baby items, etc.
- By Community: Ask your neighborhood grocery store, school or community organization to help support your food drive. Ask to post flyers in their establishment that promotes your food drive for the Greater Milwaukee CROP Hunger Walk.
PREFERRED FOOD ITEMS
• Vegetables: Canned corn, green beans, carrots and peas
• Breakfast Items: Dry cereal, oatmeal, grits and pancake mixes
• Fruit and Juice: Canned pears, apricots, pineapple and peaches
• Baby Items: Powdered or concentrated infant formula (Nestle Good Start), food, diapers
• Dinner Items: Pasta, rice (plain or mixes), potato mixes, macaroni and cheese dinners
• Protein: Canned meat, poultry, fish, peanut butter, beans, nuts, and high-protein main dishes such as chili and stew
• Lunch Items: Canned or dry soup (vegetable, tomato, chicken and pea)
If you plan to collect 500 lbs of food or more, you can register your food drive for a pick-up by Hunger Task Force. Register a pick-up at least one month in advance.
Make sure when you register your food drive that you indicate that it is a part of the CROP Hunger Walk.