5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

Monday, September 20, 2021

Update from our Walk Coordinator Janie Schildge

The 2021 CROP WALK SEASON got off to a rousing start in bright sunshine on Sept. 13th with a 4 hour park and pick up rally at the First Baptist Church in Red Bank. Luckily we had everything cleaned up and packed, including the tents, before the rain and wind arrived. (Our tired, hot volunteers were treated to Rita's Italian Ice, by TJ Eyerman, an RBR Teen Leader, and we were all very grateful)  Our CROP GEAR, personalized by the Teen Leaders in work sessions this summer, nearly sold out.  Lawn signs, sponsor envelopes and walk materials were available for pick up for team captains. 

On Sunday on October 17th we plan a joyous celebration of walking to end hunger for over four decades. We’ll be meeting at Red Bank Regional High School at 1:00 where we’ll have the big tent for our massive food collection, the annual art contest, photo ops, CROP gear sales, and music from The WAG

Walk participants will check in at 1:00 to enjoy registration activities and our victory lap around the school grounds will start at 2:00

Afterwards we will continue to enjoy music, refreshments (apples, ice cream and Italian ice, courtesy of Delicious Orchards, Sickles Market, Super Foodtown of Red Bank, and this years, Rita’s of EatontownWe’re trying to raise $141,000 to help alleviate hunger. Come for the caring and stay for the fellowship with everyone in our CROP Walk Family!

CROP Walk participants will be walking during the next few weeks on their own, with friends in small groups, others with family and neighborhood groups, as well as faith groups, school groups etc. They’ll walk 4.1 miles anywhere safe and convenient for them, in their neighborhoods, around their church and local parks. We hope to see them wearing any CROP Walk tee shirt from the past year walks.

As we’re less than 4 weeks from this year’s 41st Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk. It’s time to step up our efforts. Your commitment to fighting hunger has been our avenue to success for four decades. We have raised over $100,000 annually since the year 2000. We’ve been raising money for 15 local hunger fighting programs where 25% of all donations are distributed to these local partner programs right here in our local communities. 75% of the funds raised goes to Church World Service Global to support their programs which have had a mission to fight hunger and poverty in USA and other parts of the world for over 75 years. Yes, over seven decades!

In addition to the important financial goals, our local CROP Walk collects food (rice, beans, peanut butter, soup) for 25 local food pantries. Many of our team leaders organize food drives in their schools, places of worship, organizations and neighborhoods. This food can be delivered to Red Bank Regional High School on October 17 for same day distribution to our community.  We hope to collect 18,000 lbs. of food for the boys from CBA to sort, count, and bag for distributions to our local pantries. If you can’t come on the 17th, please advise us of poundage you collected and drop off at one of our local partner programs. Food donations may be dropped off after 12:30. 

Plan on being there and bring friends, and family. It’s uplifting and you’ll feel good! Thank you.

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