A very big THANK YOU to all our adult and teen committee members that were able to attend our spring planning meeting for this year's CROP Hunger Walk. We were delighted to see so many loyal faces along with some new ones! The success of our hunger walk depends on the dedication and commitment of our volunteers.
Janie Schildge, our walk coordinator talked about the Church World Service response to our local disaster - Super Storm Sandy, six months ago. Recovery efforts and rebuilding are still in progress and the nearly $600,000 of the CWS appeal help. We usually talk about national and international relief efforts but this year we saw CWS come to regional area. The CEO of CWS, Rev. John McCullough visited Monmouth County in December. You can read more here.
We are now six months out from our 33rd walk. We discussed ideas on how we can widen our circle of caring through sponsorship, recruiting efforts and our food collection which hit a record high of over 13,000 lbs. of food. The food was distributed to 20 local pantries.
Committee members had the opportunity to hear from a few of our 17 local partners. Peg Rizzo, Volunteer Coordinator from Lunch Break talked about their long partnership with CROP Walk. Lunch Break has been in existence for 30 years almost as long as we have been walking to feed hungry neighbors.
Co-Directors Nancy Mester and Doreen Minutella talked about how The Kitchen at St. Mark's was forced to move as a result of Super Storm Sandy. Their lunch program is now in a new location in the Community Church of Keyport and is operating as The Bayshore Lunch Program...we wish them success in their new home!
Dave Hermanson of AACC Food Pantry in the Atlantic Highlands United Methodist Church shared that good news that their pantry is the recipient of funds raised from a dinner dance provided by the owners of the Shore Casino. The event was a "thank you" to volunteers for their wonderful response to the victims of Super Storm Sandy.
If you would like to help with any of our volunteer efforts for CROP Walk #33 please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org