Five months from now, hundreds of folks of all ages will help hungry neighbors by participating in the 41st Red Bank Crop Hunger Walk, a community hunger appeal of Church World Service Global. As we begin our fifth decade, our annual event continues to support 15 local hunger fighting partners here in Monmouth County, as well as global relief efforts through CWS.
Throughout the pandemic, Church World Service (CWS) provided hygiene kits, school kits, and blankets through food pantries and community centers to those coming for food and help. CWS programs work with those displaced, and the agency hosts projects to improve lives with clean water access, better basic sanitation, education, and skill training for more sustainable lives.
Due to Covid-19, our 2020 Red Bank Crop Walk was a virtual event. This didn’t dim the enthusiasm of participation for participants celebrating our walk's 40th year. We raised our second highest total of funds in our walk's history: $138,000!
We hope to be able to gather on October 17, 2021, at Red Bank Regional High School, but at this date, we are still working within the guidelines established for the pandemic response.
Individuals and teams from churches, organizations and schools are working on plans to help CROP Hunger Walk reach our 2021 goal of $141,000 or MORE. There are many ways to support our walk: forming an online team, walking, donating to a walker, and/or organizing a food drive during the month of October. You can drop off or arrange pick up for food staple items: rice, beans, peanut butter and soup, for one of the 15 partner charities or a Monmouth County pantry of your choice. Stay tuned for more information as decisions are made.
Walk Coordinator Janie Schildge said, “Even though we missed coming together as a group last year, we were just amazed at how creatively people stepped up to make a difference. They came together in community with high counts of food and funds. You can still view our 3 hour virtual walk celebration with music and commentary on You Tube. Thank you to many local bands and produce/host Eric Hackler. Look for Teen Leader planned projects to personalize some new and useful items to raise funds for the effort.
Of all funds donated to the Red Bank Crop Walk, 25% is shared with our local partner programs: The Center in Asbury Park, Lunch Break, HABcore, Monmouth Day Care Center, Calico Food Pantry, Matawan Community Pantry, Matawan UMC Pantry, Keyport Ministerium Pantry, AACC Emergency pantry, ASLAN Youth Ministries, Bayshore Lunch Program, Horizons, Meal at Noon in Long Branch, Family Promise, and NEW this year is The Back Pack Crew. The other 75% is distributed through Church World Service to national and global partner programs and disaster relief.
Our CROP Walkers and Sponsors make this possible. Join us as we enter this 5th decade of responding to the needs of those facing hunger. You can learn more on our website and by following us on Facebook and Instagram. #redbankcropwalk2021