Annual CROP Walk Goes Virtual

By Megan Colwell

La Puente AmeriCorps Members

We are kicking off La Puente’s Hunger Education Week with our very first Virtual CROP Walk! For decades, La Puente has partnered with Church World Services, a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster, by sponsoring a local Hunger CROP Walk.

CROP Walk is typically a wonderful community event that brings together hunger fighters from across the San Luis Valley to learn about the realities of hunger in our world and to raise funds to support local and global hunger relief efforts.

During COVID, La Puente believes we need community and support; so, we are not canceling CROP Walk, we’re going virtual! Join us on Facebook Live for our very first Virtual CROP Walk Challenge. La Puente encourages participants to get out of the house and explore your local community’s hunger relief efforts.

To participate, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to to access the CROP Walk video filter and the virtual route.
  2. Pick a nice area in your community to walk in.
  3. Gather a group of 5 or less “hunger-warriors”
  4. As you progress along your 5K route, access the Hunger Education Station to achieve “mile markers” on your walk.
  5. Share your experience on social media and challenge others, in your network, to participate and/ or donate; using this link:

The Virtual CROP Walk is a great opportunity to get outside, learn about the realities of hunger, and how you can fight it!  The virtual Hunger Education Stations will illuminate local hunger relief efforts like La Puente’s Sack Meals, Street Outreach efforts, Food Bank Network, and Valley Education Gardens Initiative.

The event will also highlight how each of us can contribute to ending hunger.  You can volunteer in several capacities to help ensure no one in our community has to go to bed hungry.  You can also donate high-needs items or food.  You can also participate in the virtual CROP Walk and challenge those in your social to learn how they can become a “hunger warrior”

La Puente thanks all in the community who have contributed to making hunger relief efforts possible! Even in “normal” times, our programs could not operate without your support. This continues to be true during this pandemic.  By taking part in CROP Walk you will walk in solidarity with those experiencing hunger around the world.   Join this worldwide effort to support global and local hunger relief efforts.  Learn more at