RED BANK, NJ – This year’s annual Red Bank CROP Hunger walk was blessed with sunshine and 70 degree weather! Walkers and volunteers nearing 1,000 all came out to take steps to end hunger in our local and global communities.
Walkers support CROP
While it takes a little time to tally up the money, we already know that this year’s goal of collecting 8,000 pounds of food for our 17 local partners was far surpassed! Monmouth County supporters of CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) set their own goal and brought 11,000 pounds of food which was sorted and distributed by students from CBA on the day of the walk.
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DJ John Limyansky played music to add to the lively atmosphere as walkers registered, bought hats, t-shirts, and wristbands. After a blessing by Pastor Terrance Portor of Pilgrim Baptist, long time walkers and volunteers with as many as 25 years involvement each were honored at the ribbon cutting for the start of our 30th Red Bank Area CROP Hunger Walk.
We had a few new activities this year. Our Teen Leadership Committee decorated t-shirts to showcase the work done by our 17 local hunger fighting programs. About 20 athletes from Brookdale Community College took up the Lug-A-Jug Brigade and walked all 5 miles carrying 8 lb. gallon jugs of water.
We walk in solidarity for those millions of people worldwide that have to walk miles each day for water, food, fuel and to go to school and to jobs. Our water stops were manned by volunteers that served water and cheers to walkers during their 5 mile walk through Little Silver, Fair Haven and Red Bank. Elmo the Red Monster and Snow White joined Short Stop the Clown to cheer on the walkers.
Walkers enjoyed ice cream and crispy delicious apples when they returned to Red Bank Regional High School. The day was successful due to the efforts of all the many volunteers that kept everything moving smoothly for walkers to enjoy the day while they walked to make a difference in the lives of those facing the extreme burden of hunger and poverty in our world.
Photos and results will be posted on our blog www.redbankcropwalk.com and in our photo albums on Facebook as they become available.