5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Adult & Teen Coordinating Committees Discuss Plans for 32nd Annual Hunger Walk

On May 3rd the Red Bank CROP Walk Coordinating Committee held its first meeting at the United Methodist Church in Red Bank to plan for this year's annual hunger walk. A traditional fall community event; the Red Bank CROP Walk brings nearly 1,000 people together of all ages. Schools and faith groups work together to raise funds to help our local  Monmouth County families in need as well as providing funds for Church World Service global partner programs working with the most vulnerable communities in the world. Our loyal and generous sponsors and walkers raised $125,680 last year and collected over 11,000 lbs of food for local pantries. 
Mark your calendars! We step out on Sunday Oct.21, 2012.
Coordinator Janie Schildge spoke at the meeting about the history of the walk and its continued success and growth. The Red Bank CROP Walk rocks! Its the largest and most successful CROP Hunger Walk in the entire NY NJ Region! Janie attributed this success to the passion of all the volunteers and then shared some facts about hunger and asked committee members how they thought we could bring new sponsors and new groups into the walk.  Janie shared the many comments gathered about last year's T-Shirt. It was so well received that we will be using the Heart & Sole Design for another year with some modification (maybe a gray T-Shirt with a slightly retro look)
Teen leaders representing area high schools brought lots of enthusiasm to the meeting with great ideas and suggestions for increasing our presence on the internet. It looks like they might be producing a few public service announcement videos to share on our website, Facebook Page and Youtube channel. Graduating seniors came and brought underclassmen to introduce them to the committee. We had representatives from Henry Hudson Regional High School. We gladly welcome them as they bring in another Monmouth County  high school to our Teen Leadership Committee. 

Kae Kusterbeck, our Regional Director for CROP Walks, joined the conversation as adults and teen committee members shared ideas for the food collection, signs, registration and talked in general about how to continue and enhance the hunger walk. The more money we can raise the more good can be accomplished by our local and global partners to help end hunger. 

We can talk about the facts of hunger but we know that action is more important because facts have faces and faces have hearts! We walk with Heart & Sole to End Hunger even if it is One Step at a Time!

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