RED BANK, NJ - Our September 12th Rally for CROP HUNGER WALK launched our 2016 Crop Walk Season! This year we walk on WORLD FOOD DAY, Sunday October 16th, as a designated United Nations Holiday recognized in 150 countries around the world. Our Red Bank area community event has faith groups, schools, sports teams, civic groups, and individuals of all ages joining in the effort each year, recruiting walkers, runners, and volunteers, plus sponsors to support the walk. We raise food supplies (Hunger Free with Free) and funds to support our partners, both local and global, and when we walk together we are part of the face of good in our world. 10,000 pounds of rice, beans, peanut butter, and staples came in to our Food Collection last year for distribution to 24 local pantries throughout Monmouth County. Rumson Country Day School students & staff make this a math project, and they bring in tons!! A changing of the guard this year brings Vicky Smith and Joe Lotito to oversee (in training) by the Varley family. Joe and Vicky were ice cream chairpersons for two years! They have moved up to the mountain of food with a goal of 12,000 pounds. The CBA students, staff, and friends unload, sort, pack and bag right in front of school, for pick up by the pantry volunteers.
Our 35th Walk raised $116,000, up $6000 from last year. For World Food Day we have set a higher goal of $120,000. With global climate change, agriculture has become difficult in many places, and people have to adjust and adapt to changing weather patterns of drought, rain, cold, along with those displaced by climate change or civil strife, so that people can grow food to eat. This is a huge challenge that our Teen Leaders addressed in their Rally Skit which focused on Church World Service local partners, and global programs to meet the UN goals for Sustainable Development.
News flash!! Musicians on a Mission under the direction of Cathy Noblick, will provide music and talk this year. T shirts featuring 15 local partners as shooting stars will be seen as the huge crowd walks through Fair Haven, Red Bank, and Little Silver. Water stop teams last year came from MAST HS, Rumson Fair Haven HS, Trinity Hall High School, Rotary Clubs of Tinton Falls & Red Bank RB United Methodists and friends along the way. Join the Stroller Brigade and start your kids on the Crop Path. Get a Photo Op with Shortstop the Clown! Also new this year is Dory the Blue Fish (Chubby Penguin Parties) so be sure to say hello. Red Bank Crop Walk is one of the top five walks in the U.S. Each year new groups join in, and new sponsors join loyal long term sponsors. Come walk or run the five mile course on October 16th and our steps will help end hunger in a changing world.
Crop Walk Day…1 pm registration, 2 pm Start.