Red Bank CROP Walk helps to support 17 Local Partner Programs. We'd like to share some information on a few of them today. These partners benefit from our walk by donations distributed after the total is determined. Last year the $120,000 raised meant that 25% of the money was divided between our Local Partners. Distributions are determined by the size and services of each program. The 11,000 lbs of food collected at our 30th walk last year was distributed to nearly 20 food pantries. Our goal this year is to raise $130,000 and to collect 12,000 lbs of food.
Family Promise of Monmouth County, continues to be the only homeless shelter for children and families in Monmouth County. They have been at or close to capacity for four months and continue to have a waiting list of families that need our help. Family Promise's home page on their website highlights some statistics that show the dedicated efforts of many volunteers from host congregations as they work to provide housing for local families. They provided over 10,000 meals and over 5,000 bed nights for families. On Sept 30th Family Promise is hosting a special event - the 2nd Annual Cardboard Box City Event. CROP Coordinator Janie Schildge and CROP committee member Judy Reichard will be sleeping in a cardboard box along with children and adults from area faith and community groups as they see firsthand what it might be like to be without a home. The event is to raise awareness and funds to support programs. You can connect with Family Promise on their Facebook Page to hear more about this event. They have several other fundraising events coming up in October. For additional information on these events you can visit their website http://www.familypromise.org Family Promise is always in need of household supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, paper plates, plastic silverware, laundry detergent, trash bags, and cleaning supplies). Please call 732-495-1050 to donate.
LUNCH BREAK, located at 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank, has been serving the community for 28 years. We have witnessed the growth of Lunch Break as we have seen their dedicated efforts to meet the growing needs of their community. They have a daily soup kitchen,as well as a food pantry and clothing distribution. Clothing donations are always welcome! They even serve nutritious meals to the homebound. Lunch Break has seen tremendous increase in the amount of families coming to the food pantry, up 750% in the last 2-3 years! On a daily basis they serve over 100 meals and offer Saturday lunches to help people get through the weekend. The help of the community is needed now more than ever before. Gwen Love, the Director of Lunch Break, expressed gratitude for all that Red Bank Crop Walk does. The financial assistance and food distribution help make a daily positive difference in the lives of their clients. Call (732) 747-8577 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Lunch Break is hosting their Annual Fall Gala on Friday, October 14, 2011 at the Two River Theater. You can visit their website for more details. www.lunchbreak.org
The Matawan United Methodist Church sees the need for their pantry grow every week. From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 they are projected to have served over 20,000 people! With numbers like this it is clear that this Ministry only can continue with the help of God and members of our Community. The Matawan United Methodist Pantry also makes available to their clients items that are donated to the church that need a good home. They have placed sofa’s, bed frames, microwaves and other household items in many of our client’s homes. These items help make daily living more comfortable for families in need. For the second year in a row we have partnered with Temple Shalom and Temple Beth Ahm with the creation and maintenance of a community garden. Our Food Pantry clients are delighted with the fresh produce each week. Pantry organizers say, "We are blessed with our partnership with the Red bank CROP Walk, the Monmouth County Food Bank as well as contributions from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the area Temples, Youth Groups, Schools, other Churches, local businesses and individual members of our Community.