35th Annual Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk Sunday October 18, 2015



Monday, November 30, 2015

Youth Groups, Young Adults & Sports Teams Added to Our Circle of Caring

Young adults in our CROP Walk come representing area schools, youth groups, clubs, and sports teams. They get the message. They understand the mission of CROP. They talk the walk up among their peers and then take action by collecting food and raising funds to support local and global partners. 

From our high school teen leaders that cut the ribbon at the start to college students from Brookdale Community College and Monmouth University, the range of student groups continues to grow! These photos are just a sampling of the many groups that participated in this year's 35th walk. If you have any group photos of high school and college teens please share!


Monday, November 23, 2015

A Time for Giving Thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving we would like
to share with you the prayer offered at the start
 of our 35th hunger walk by Pastor Dean Brown 
from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Red Bank.
 This prayer is a call to action for us to be grateful
 for all that we have, and to remember those that
don't have the blessings that we enjoy.

"Lord God,
We come before you this day in so many ways.
We come before you remembering those whom it is easy to forget: those who are homeless, isolated, hungry, thirsty; those who walk five miles for a cup of water or spoonful of food.

We also come before you this day choosing not to forget.
We come before you, O God, giving thanks that Your compassionate Spirit has moved...does move...in this world and in these people's lives in so many ways:  through all the schools and faith communities gathered here in spirit and/or body; through the Red Bank CROP walk planning team and its leaders; through the generosity of so many people making it possible to be vessels of grace improving the lives of many both near and far.

Thank you for making them a blessing.
Thank you for renewing our hearts.

And thank you for giving us a new vision...a renewed vision...catching sight of your mission to serve all our neighbors in need. And in this service -in this act of devotion- we thank you for returning us to our true humanity; for discovering blessedness, holiness, purpose which is Your gift and Your life welling up within us and within Your world.

All this we pray in your most Holy name.

Thanks from all of us who work through the year on Crop Walk, because we can't do it without you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CWS Global Executive VP Brings His Heart & Sole to 35th Red Bank Walk

Executive Vice President of Church World Service Global, Maurice Bloem and his family were welcomed at this year's 35th Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk by Janie Schildge our 30 year volunteer walk coordinator. Maurice knows about walking with "heart & sole" to end hunger having recently finished a 100 mile walk himself to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and how CROP Hunger Walks across the country work as the community appeal of CWS to raise funds to support local and global hunger fighting programs. You can learn more about his 100 MIle Hunger Walk on the east coast this year on his blog where he talks about walking through Red Bank in September just before our Kick Off Rally.  He was able to stop by Lunch Break and the Monmouth Day Care Center on his way up the east coast to New York City.

Pictured are Maurice, his wife and son. 
The photos below are a few Maurice shared with us! 
Thank you Maurice for being part of our Red Bank CROP Walk Family for the day at our 35th Hunger Walk!