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



Monday, June 8, 2015

Congratulations Graduating Seniors. We're Proud of You!

It's that time of year when we celebrate graduations. Several of our teen leaders will be heading off to share their talents and skills with new places and faces. As they leave us we borrow from Dr. Seuss, "You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." We say "Thank You" for steering yourselves in our direction and for sharing your time, talents, and ideas with CROP Walk. Thank you for helping us to feed hungry neighbors! We walk with our feet to help people eat! 

One of our teens, Mark Rinder, from the Freehold Twp. HS Global Studies Program, talked about his participation in CROP as one of the most rewarding activities he'd done. "Working to educate our community on an extremely important cause while spending time with kids from around Monmouth County made my CROP experience truly special." Mark looks forward to travel which he hopes will offer him unique perspectives on the challenges facing our world. He will be attending the U Penn Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.

Dan McCormack from MAST (Marine Academy of Science and Technology) will be attending Cornell's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management on a full ROTC scholarship where he'll continue to share his organizing skills. Dan just received the Brian D. McAndrew Student Achievement Award for the class of 2015. He was a leader in Key Club service projects as well as his position as student representative and organizer for CROP Walk. MAST students staffs our Water Stop #4. Dan's family  and legacy with CROP includes his sister, Liz, a former CROP teen leader, and his mother, Cindy, who serves as a recruiter for Christ Episcopal Church in Middletown.

Kim Drastal from Rumson Fair Haven HS will be attending the University of Wisconsin in the fall, double majoring in psychology, human development, and family studies. She's thinking of going to work in special education and maybe the Peace Corps after graduation. Kim represented the Rumson Fair Haven Key Club and helped to organize and run our water stop #5.

Phoebe Saltzbart from Freehold Twp HS, a student in the Global Studies Program, will be attending Wellesley. Phoebe is also a family legacy, as her sister Lydia served on our teen leaders committee. Both girls led the way with online fundraising for Freehold Twp. HS.  

Two students from Red Bank Reg. HS our host school for CROP Walk are Nahdeja Hamilton in the IB Program and Brook Willemstyn an active Key Club district leader. Brooke will be attending the Univ. of Richmond. She was very helpful with organizing our PHOTO OP for CROP which is sponsored by the RBR Key Club.

While Ryan Geary is not graduating yet from High Technology HS, he's completed something pretty special receiving his Eagle Scout Award at the Court of Honor for Troop 77. We look forward to Ryan's continued participation on our teen leaders committee! Ryan's younger brother Kyle, will be joining us this year as a freshman at High Tech. The boys will be joined by their mother, Tracy who will assist our committee.

Our seniors are off to make a difference in the world!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hear All About it! 35th Anniversary Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk

Our 2015 Flyer is available to share with our CROP Hunger Walk supporters! We walk to help local partners working to end poverty and hunger in Monmouth County. Through Church World Service global partners we help end hunger around the world.



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.