Our CROP Walkers did it again this year breaking another food collection record! Up from 14,000 lbs. to 16,300 lbs. of peanut butter, rice and beans. BUT before pantries could pick it up all the food was hauled in, unloaded, sorted, counted, repackaged and put into those yellow bags all within about 4 1/2 hours. We send a big THANK YOU to our many, many dedicated volunteers.
Rumson Country Day School under the leadership of its new headmaster, Whitney Slade, continued to claim the title of "Champions of the Food Collection" as a honored RCDS tradition. They collected and delivered 8,000 lbs. of food and brought additional volunteers to join the food collection team to help facilitate this mighty task. They did it all with smiles!
Another continuing tradition is the leadership of the Varley Family and Friends who began the first food drive two decades ago. Good family friends include Joan Foote and her husband, Don, Brother Ralph and Tim Sewnig, all connected with Christian Brothers Academy. They work alongside two dozen students and numerous friends. This list grows each year as our food collection grows. Brian Rue of Monmouth Sprinkler Co. in Red Bank has widened our circle of caring with his own children and students from St. Leo the Great in Lincroft. Welcome! We greatly appreciate the efforts of so many who help distribute that mountain of food.
After hours of labor the field of yellow has spread over the entire sidewalk waiting to picked up by 20 food pantries coming from 11 different towns. Monmouth County residents will enjoy this bounty of food.
Food Collection totals:
Beans 2,755 lbs.
Rice 11,590 lbs.
Peanut Butter 975 lbs.
Soup 410 lbs.
Other 570 lbs.
Grand Total 16,300 lbs.