Sunday Oct. 17, 2010

RED BANK, NJ - Red Bank CROP Walk steps out on Oct. 17th for the 30th Anniversary Hunger Walk in the Red Bank Area. 1,200 strong, our walkers, runners and volunteers along with their sponsors, are all part of "Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty". Participants from 15 communities walk to help support 17 local hunger fighting programs in Monmouth County from Asbury Park north to Keansburg and covering the shore to western Monmouth County. More of our neighbors in this 3rd year of a serious recession are facing hunger, poverty and homelessness. Our walk can help make the difference to those juggling limited funds for paying bills and buying food for their families. We hope to meet our goal of collecting 8,000 lbs of food on the day of the walk. Walkers are asked to bring peanut butter, rice, and beans which are staples in all food pantries.   Your school or faith group can do a collection and bring your boxes to the walk where the food is sorted, counted, and distributed by the Varley Family and many CBA students.

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Because we walk each year, our resources are able to provide a quick response to disasters anywhere in the world, and also helps communities in over 80 countries around the world, planning with villagers how they will meet their own five year plans to improve nutrition, education, and water supplies, and providing tools and skills to meet these goals.  We walk because the poorest in the world often walk 5 miles each day to get water and food to survive.  Church World Service provides resources for emergency hygiene kits, blankets, tents, water,

Registration starts at 12:30 at Red Bank Regional High School. The walk starts at 1:30. Enjoy the music by John Limyanski and J&J music. View the colorful banners and posters at the art contest created by students to help raise awareness. A new "clothesline project" will feature Tee shirts with messages about how our local partners help fight hunger and homelessness.  Come with your friends and family to walk the 5 miles through Fair Haven, Red Bank, and Little Silver, stopping for clean water and educational displays along the way.  Our route is a safe, level walk, and accessible to all.

We are a multigenerational family friendly event. Since it is our 30th Walk in the Red Bank area, we have invited long time Crop walkers and workers this year to cut our Start Ribbon, and let the runners take off, followed by walkers of all ages, some in strollers and some in backpacks.   We welcome individual walkers and walkers and sponsors from all church, school and community groups.  After the walk all will enjoy ice cream and apples generously donated by a few of our sponsors. For more information please see our website  www.redbankcropwalk.com  and Find Us on Facebook too. We'd love to her about the activities your groups are doing to support our 30th Hunger Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk.