5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Super Storm Sandy ... One Year Later

It's been a year since Super Storm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore one week after our 32nd Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk. We had just collected 13,000 lbs. of food and distributed it to local pantries in Monmouth County. It was good timing. We also raised aprox. $114,000. Thousands were without power and many were without homes. These were times when groups like Church World Service are valuable because they are prepared to step in and take immediate action to help in the recovery from natural disasters and with quick and long term relief.


John McCullough the Director of CWS came to the Jersey Shore to meet with principal Risa Clay of Red Bank Regional High School.  In an interview with Matt Hackwork from CWS, she told the story of the 60 families displaced all from her school alone. This was a common story throughout the Jersey Shore area. We know that funds from our CROP Hunger Walks help with local and global hunger. They also provide funds for emergency response to disasters nationally and globally but we never really thought that we'd need them here in Monmouth County, NJ. Church World Service was ready to help.

One year later, John McCullough came back to the Jersey Shore, to our 33rd Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk.  He talked the walk and then walked the walk with nearly 1,000 participants in this year's five mile walk through Little Silver, Fair Haven and Red Bank.

CWS has brought 1.169 million dollars of goods and services back to the east coast to help us with recovery from Super Storm Sandy. CWS was also awarded a $350,000 grant from the American Red Cross to further enable CWS to provide long term care assistance. "CWS also received approximately $600,000 for its Hurricane Sandy appeal and has spent about $150,000 to date for shipping  CWs Kits and Blankets, trainings, and for undesignated "seed grants" - typically $5,000 - to long term recovery groups (11 so far, in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and West Virginia, with many more expected). The remaining $450,000 will be used for grants, trainings, and for food pantry support. (Barry Shade, CWS Associate Director for Domestic Disaster Response.) LINK to article with more info on Sandy Relief.

John McCullough wished us a good walk and thanked us for our efforts to continue to support the work done by CWS. 

We have already met some of our 2013 Goals. Our work is not done and while we met our food collection goal and had a wonderful day with an extremely large and happy crowd on the day of the walk...we continue to work to meet our fundraising goal.
Donations continue to come in and are open and welcome through December 31, 2013.

Donations may be mailed:
Red Bank CROP Walk PO BOX 8022, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Online donations may be made through our page on the CWS website. CLICK HERE TO DONATE You can make a gift, start a team or donate to a team already set up.

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