The CROP Walk, sponsored nationwide by Church World Service, is an annual ecumenical anti-hunger walk through Charlottesville. Its purpose is to educate the community about the needs of hungry people everywhere and to raise funds to help them survive and become self-reliant. The organization also provides assistance in healing and restoring lives hurt by natural disasters and war. Twenty-five percent of the money raised by local walkers is distributed to the Community Meals on Wheels and the Emergency Food Bank. Volunteers may contribute as walkers or recruiters, or by pledging financial contributions.