Sunday, Oct. 16 is World Food Day and it also the day of the 42nd annual Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk. There is still time for you to “Step Up to End Hunger” and donate your time, dollars and food. This has been such a difficult year globally, and this event is so important as it fills local food pantries and supports 14 local hunger fighting partners, and the global programs of Church World Service that work toward sustaining healthier lives and reducing poverty.
Despite the post-pandemic challenges, last year the Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk walkers and organizers had record-breaking success. This year, they are working toward meeting a goal of $142,000 and 16,000 pounds of food. Much of their success is because of the support of so many area schools and churches, and there’s always room for more, so come join in!
Sports teams, school and community groups, offices, families and friends can form a team, support an existing team or simply collect food. The non-perishable items most needed are rice, canned soups, beans and peanut butter.
Seeing the hundreds of walkers take off for the five-mile walk is truly inspirational, and all are welcome to be a part of this special day. Walk coordinator Janie Schildge invites everyone get involved.
“It’s hard to believe, but it has been estimated that 100,000,000 people are thought to be displaced around the world, plus we have so many local needs, including affordable housing,” she said. “Our challenge is clear, and everyone can play a part. Of course, we would love to have you walk, but if you can’t, you can sponsor a team, make a donation or stop by with some essential items and cheer on the walkers. We thank so many of the regulars and our teams from many houses of worship and schools. Trinity Hall’s big team helps with Crop Walk staffing, running a water stop and presenting art from students. Rumson Country Day School and Oak Hill Academy bring in very big food collections each year. The strong young men of [Christian Brothers Academy] count and bag thousands of pounds of donations, and other teams provide volunteer help and raise funds. Whatever you do, you’ll feel great knowing you have helped make a difference. Plus it’s a lot of fun. As in years past, Shortstop the clown will be back; she’s only missed one year in our long history. The Wag will be back to perform, and there will be ice cream, apples, and art show, the food collection and a festive display of community efforts.”
The Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk is on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Red Bank Regional High School. Registration is at 1 pm, and the walk begins at 2 pm. To register, make a donation and learn more about the event, visit RedBankCropWalk.com.