CROP Hunger Walk brings awareness to campus


When TCU students get hungry, all they must do is walk over to Brown-Lupton University Union to get food. Meanwhile, one of four children in Texas are hungry or at risk of being hungry, according to Tarrant Area Food Bank.

TCU students, along with community members, walked around campus to raise awareness about hunger on Sunday.

The walk began and ended at the Kelly Alumni Center where they had booths set up for people to learn more about Church World Service and had Steel City Pops there as well.

Participants walked up Stadium Drive, through West Cantey Street, down South University Drive, through Bellaire Drive North, and West Berry Street before reaching the Kelly Alumni Center again.

The Rev. Allison Lanza, associate chaplain at TCU, said Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) Hunger Walk is a walk to end hunger, and raises awareness for the ways that people around the world and in our own community get access to food and clean water.

“This walk happens in communities around the country throughout the year,” Lanza said. “Money raised goes to hunger relief efforts of Church World Service and the Tarrant Area Food Bank. CROP Hunger Walk stands for communities responding to overcome poverty.”

Lanza said she’s been walking in the CROP Hunger Walks since 2005.

“I believe deeply that hunger is a solvable problem if we work together,” Lanza said. “No one in our world should be dying of hunger. Church World Service and the Tarrant Area Food Bank both do a fantastic job of working towards immediate and long-term hunger relief and for the dignity of those who experience hunger.”

Alicia Youngblood directs TCU Chi Alpha, an Office of Religious and Spiritual Life organization, and said they believe very strongly in service as one of their core values.

“This is just a way for us to reach out to the poor and the hungry like Jesus commanded us to,” Youngblood said.

Andrew Youngblood, another director of TCU Chi Alpha, said things like the CROP Hunger Walk is a good way to raise awareness to students.

“They’re not going to get the full picture [by] just coming to something like this, but raising some awareness and getting them to plug into an organization or event that raises awareness to them is huge,” Youngblood said. “The mission statement of the university is to raise ethical leaders in a global community, and so this is part of that community that is outside of what they are used to, so things like this exposes them to the less fortunate and those in our community that really need to be served.”