Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
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
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.