40th Anniversary Red Bank CROP Walk * Sunday, October 18, 2020


CROP Hunger Walk During A Pandemic

CROP Hunger Walk During A Pandemic
2020 A Year of Many New Challenges

Thursday, July 9, 2020

2020 Four Decades of Red Bank CROP Walk

                                      

Each year since 1981 a group of concerned folks has come together to plan an annual fund raising walk for our hungry neighbors.   Along the way a big food drive was added along with some caring teenagers  to work in schools and youth groups to meet the challenges of poverty and hunger.   With this strong CROP Walk foundation we have helped 15 local hunger fighting partners in Monmouth County and global partners worldwide through Church World Service Global.  

Now in 2020 we are commemorating our 40th year of walking in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and many areas of civil strife around the world.  And we are calling on hundreds of walkers, donors, and volunteers to help CWS in its response to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster in our world as we present an alternative way to showcase art, to raise funds through online teams, and to walk, in small groups probably, with masks, as we celebrate community. 
Through your energy, your creative ideas, your time, your talent, and your donations, we keep walking together to meet the challenges of persistent hunger.  Our vision is a world where everyone has food, voice, and a safe place to call home.
51 years ago the very first community crop walk was organized in North Dakota and $25,000 was raised.   Over the years we have seen great progress in reducing hunger through better farming methods, tools, stronger seeds, education, better sanitation, and clean water. 
In 2019 our Red Bank Walk helped by raising $106,000, and collecting and distributing 17,000 pounds of food staples for local pantries.
But Hunger persists - in large part due to the millions of displaced people who have fled their homes, jobs, and security in the face of great danger.  The pandemic has put millions of people out of work, have tested our hospital systems, and thousands have died.   Along with the pandemic we have seen hurricanes, cyclones, floods, and droughts.   Wherever and whenever, Crop walkers have made possible a CWS response with caring staff, cleaning kits, hygiene kits, blankets, trainers and counselors, all with love and concern.  
This is the story of our Crop Walkers as we respond right here in our local food pantries, day care centers, housing programs, and lunch programs.   With your help and enthusiasm to meet the challenge, we will keep on walking and invite others to join in with heart and sole to help us to end hunger.  Our goal is $110,000 and 18,000 pounds of food, including peanut butter, rice, beans, and soup.


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