5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

Monday, March 23, 2015

Red Bank CROP Walk - A Year Long Season of Caring


Spring arrived with yet another blast of snow this past weekend! We were lucky for the milder weather two weeks ago when we met with our top sponsors for a thank you luncheon for their support of our 2014 walk. Each spring they renew their support giving us a head start on our fundraising efforts. We shared with those sponsors that were able to attend, our story through power points done by our teens, a short video, and photo presentation put together by Janis Iwanyk, our social media chair. This highlighted the continued success of 34 years of walking to end hunger. 

2014 donations totaled over $110,000, $3,000 higher than 2013. Over 16,000 lbs. of food was donated and picked up by 20 local pantries.   Rumson Country Day School students collected 8,000 lbs. of that amazing total. We heard Jane Denny, the Director of Community Service at Rumson Country Day, tell us that RCDS has thrown out the challenge for students to donate 10,000 lbs. for this year's 35th CROP Hunger Walk. 

Attendees included several committee members, and a few graduating teen leaders. Sponsors and committee members participated in a Question and Answer activity to raise awareness of current statistics on hunger, poverty and relevant issues as: water, food security, health, refugee assistance, emergency relief etc.

Several facts mentioned were: 116,000 people walked in CROP Walks in 2014, 2,200 hunger fighting groups in the United States were supported by funds from CROP, 2.5 million dollars in goods were donated by Church World Service Global for disaster response, CWS supported emergency response to 25 states in the US, In New Jersey, 1.2 million people are food insecure including 1 in 5 children who are hungry on a daily basis.

For this year's 35th Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk, this Question & Answer Activity will be available to share with all participating groups.


We look forward to our upcoming spring meeting to renew our commitment to CROP and to plan for this year's walk. We step out on Sunday, October 18th at Red Bank Regional High School.

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