Red Bank CROP Walk participants from area faith groups, schools, community groups, families, and individuals donated nearly 10,000 lbs. of peanut butter, rice, beans and other food staples last week before stepping up to the start line for our 35th hunger walk. All food was sorted, counted and distributed to nearly 20 local Monmouth County programs and pantries before CROP walkers finished the five mile walk! Now that's organization and teamwork!
The food collection was coordinated once again by the Varley family. Coordinating committee members, Sheila Alfano and Eileen Betz were assisted by their spouses Al and Bob. Also volunteering were the Varley brothers, Myles and Michael with his wife Gerry. We thank Sheila and Eileen for their many years of dedicated service in managing our annual food collection. We are grateful for their time and their passion for feeding the hungry.
Mr. Tim Sewnig and his team of students from Christian Brothers Academy worked alongside adult volunteers: Joan and Don Foote, and Bryan Rue and his family. Many hands helped to get the job done!
A major donor of food continues to be Rumson Country Day School. Thank you Jane Denny, Community Service Director at RCDS! Families in our neighboring communities will see pantry shelves filled with these food staples which help to take a bit of the stress our of their lives as they struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis.
Food is unloaded from vehicles, collected from walkers, sorted, counted, bagged and loaded into vehicles for distribution to local food programs. It's pretty amazing to see the empty tarps early in the day and then we witness the rise of the piles of food, and the spreading out of the rows of yellow bags across the lawn at Red Bank Regional high school. It comes in and goes as as pantries lined up their vehicles to transport the food back to their programs.
Sheila and Eileen reported that representatives from partner programs and pantries were extremely happy to pick up the donated food and were glad that donations included smaller bags of rice this year. In previous years the 100 lb. bags of rice though generous were too heavy for volunteers to manage and too large for distribution from pantries! We listened to suggestions from last year. We made adjustments and heard from grateful recipients this year!
While the food collection is completed, monetary donations continue to come in on a daily basis as participants collect pledged donations and return sponsor envelopes to our treasurer. Donations remain open through Dec. 31st.
Mail in donations:
Red Bank CROP Walk PO BOX 8022 Red Bank, NJ 07701