As summer winds down our CROP Walk Season Kicks Off with a rally held at the First Baptist Church of Red Bank. Pastor Steve Brown welcomed over 60 attendees including committee members, teen leaders, recruiters and representatives from our local partners. Also attending were student counsel representatives from Oak Hill Academy. In his blessing Pastor Brown encouraged all of us to continue in the work of witnessing and taking action as we walk together in this community event to end hunger.
Pictured are some of our over two dozen teen leaders representing over a dozen Monmouth County high schools. Our teen leaders presented a program to highlight the work of our 15 local partners who are counted in the 2200 programs reached through the efforts Church World Service and the CROP Walks around the country. Teen leaders shared information on the impact of climate change on agriculture and water resources, along with the work of CWS in aiding and resettling displaced people. For more information on our local partner programs Click Here.
This year there is a "change of leadership" for our annual food drive and distribution. We recognized Vicky Smith and Joe Lotito who are in training with Sheila Alfano and Eileen Betz to organize the food collection after their retirement. Sheila, Eileen, and their husbands, Al and Bob and their close friends Don and Joan Foote help Tim Sunig supervise the students from Christian Brothers Academy.
This food collection team has worked diligently to move mountains of food in preparation of distribution to two dozen local Monmouth food pantries. The map above shows the reach of our efforts through our local partners and pantries throughout the county. For more information on our food collection Click Here.
Our 36th walk t-shirt is another collaborative effort. Designed by Bella Murrer, senior at Red Bank Catholic, the stars on the shirt represent our local partner programs and their daily efforts to meet the needs of our neighbors in surrounding communities.
T-shirts can be purchased on the day of the walk $10. but to guarantee your shirt you can email us for more info. All proceeds go directly to CROP.
If you weren't able to attend, you can pick up materials and purchase t-shirts, wristbands etc. CLICK HERE for INFO.