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



Monday, March 23, 2015

Red Bank CROP Walk - A Year Long Season of Caring


Spring arrived with yet another blast of snow this past weekend! We were lucky for the milder weather two weeks ago when we met with our top sponsors for a thank you luncheon for their support of our 2014 walk. Each spring they renew their support giving us a head start on our fundraising efforts. We shared with those sponsors that were able to attend, our story through power points done by our teens, a short video, and photo presentation put together by Janis Iwanyk, our social media chair. This highlighted the continued success of 34 years of walking to end hunger. 

2014 donations totaled over $110,000, $3,000 higher than 2013. Over 16,000 lbs. of food was donated and picked up by 20 local pantries.   Rumson Country Day School students collected 8,000 lbs. of that amazing total. We heard Jane Denny, the Director of Community Service at Rumson Country Day, tell us that RCDS has thrown out the challenge for students to donate 10,000 lbs. for this year's 35th CROP Hunger Walk. 

Attendees included several committee members, and a few graduating teen leaders. Sponsors and committee members participated in a Question and Answer activity to raise awareness of current statistics on hunger, poverty and relevant issues as: water, food security, health, refugee assistance, emergency relief etc.

Several facts mentioned were: 116,000 people walked in CROP Walks in 2014, 2,200 hunger fighting groups in the United States were supported by funds from CROP, 2.5 million dollars in goods were donated by Church World Service Global for disaster response, CWS supported emergency response to 25 states in the US, In New Jersey, 1.2 million people are food insecure including 1 in 5 children who are hungry on a daily basis.

For this year's 35th Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk, this Question & Answer Activity will be available to share with all participating groups.


We look forward to our upcoming spring meeting to renew our commitment to CROP and to plan for this year's walk. We step out on Sunday, October 18th at Red Bank Regional High School.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

World Water Day and March 22, 2015

Photo Credit: Mike Bloem/CWS

"World Water Day" was started in 1993 with a declaration from the United Nations General Assembly. If you haven't tried the World Water Day Trivia Quiz presented by Church World Service  Click Here. Test your knowledge against the facts. The facts used in the Water Quiz were gathered from the World Water Day website, Water.org, and the Environmental Protection Agency

Clean water is something that so many of us take for granted, yet so many in the world desperately need.   Nearly two billion people worldwide drink unsafe water.  And every day, over 1,000 children die from illnesses like diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera, caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions. 

One of the major areas of focus in global development for Church World Service is water. CWS Global recognizes that nearly  a billion people worldwide don't have access to safe drinking water. It's usually the women and girls that walk to gather water for everyday basic needs. When they have access to water, the time they used to spend searching for water can be used for other everyday activities including going to school. According to Water.org (water/crisis/facts/women)  women and girls spend 140 million hours each day searching for water. 
Photo Credit: Paul Jeffries ACT

You can read more on the work CWS Global is doing in the area of water. Click Here. Sustainable and safe water makes a world of difference and funds from CROP Hunger Walks help CWS Global to work with partners to improve the standard of living for communities worldwide. 

Learn About Water: Helpful Websites

Most people are surprised to hear that just one gallon of water weighs 8 lbs. Trinity Hall High School took up the challenge in 2014 to walk the five mile route with each student carrying a gallon jug of water. (pictured) Student athletes from Brookdale Community College took up the challenge in 2013. Maybe you can challenge your family, or a group of friends to participate in a Lug A Jug Brigade for our 35th CROP Hunger Walk - Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Louis Armour - Founder of Meal at Noon Leaves a Legacy of Caring

We recognize the legacy of Louis Armour who passed away on March 9, 2015 after dedicating many years of his life to serving his country and Monmouth County. He was the Director of the Board of Social Services. Close to his heart was the founding of Meal at Noon one of our local partner programs. He and his wife of 48 years, Barbara, started Meal at Noon in 1997.  They have been strong supporters of our CROP Hunger Walk. Meal at Noon is located in the Second Baptist Church on Liberty Street in Long Branch. It opens its doors every Saturday offering hot meals, and provides bagged lunches on Wednesdays.  

Director, Byron Griffin, worked with Lou for many years and has taken over the operation of this volunteer program. They get their food from the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean County and volunteers from area churches donate their time to serve the meals. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Meal at Noon as we walk this year for our 35th hunger walk to end hunger for families everywhere!