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Sep 05, 2017

Red Bank Crop Hunger Walk Set for October 15

By Tony Senk

Walking shoes, running shoes, athletic shoes – or just that good ole’ pair of worn but oh, so comfortable sneakers you are so attached to and can’t seem to throw out. They can all be put to the ultimate test next month when, on Sunday, October 15, the 37th annual Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk will take place, beginning and ending at Red Bank Regional High School at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.

Registration for the event starts at 1:00 p.m. and the walk/run starts at 2:00 p.m. The theme for this year’s walk – so eloquently and elegantly expressed on the teal-colored 2017 CROP Walk t-shirt – is “A Place at the Table for Everyone.”

The Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk is the country’s largest all-volunteer run/walk and one of the top five walks in the United States. Each year, new groups join in and new sponsors join longtime sponsors. This year’s walk features 15 local partners, including the AACC Food Pantry, Aslan Youth Ministries, Bayshore Lunch Program, Calico Food Pantry, The Center in Asbury Park, Family Promise, HABcore, Horizons, Keyport Ministerium, Lunch Break, Matawan Community Pantry, Matawan UMC Pantry, Meal at Noon, Monmouth Day Care Center, and Project Paul.

Also key to the continued success of the CROP walk are faith groups, civic groups, school groups, and individuals who join in the effort, recruiting walkers, runners, and sponsors to support the walk and organize food drives to help the collection of food for area food pantries on walk day. Last year, more than 1,000 participants helped raise $113,000 and brought 13,000 pounds of rice, beans, peanut butter, and food staples for distribution to 22 local food pantries.

Longtime Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk organizer Janie Schildge from Colts Neck is, as always, enthusiastic about the upcoming event and optimistic that the walkers and runners will be successful in attaining this year’s goals.

“Our 2017 goal for the walk is to raise $120,000 and we really believe we can achieve that goal if everyone can share just a bit with those who have less,” said Mrs. Schildge. “Our food goal is 14,000 pounds of food. I urge everyone to join us on October 15 to walk or run the five-mile course. By doing so, together we will be helping to end hunger in a changing world, one step at a time, using both our heart and sole.” Mrs. Schildge also noted that this year’s walk takes place the day before “World Hunger Food Day,” a day observed in many countries worldwide.

Walkers and runners of all ages will enjoy the time they spend before and during the walk. Beforehand, there will be music by Musicians on a Mission, an art contest featuring banners and posters, and the sale of t-shirts, hats, and wristbands. During the walk, there will be six water stops for the walkers and runners, and ice cream and apples will be available for participants at the finish line.

The Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk is the community hunger appeal of Church World Service, a ministry that began over 70 years ago following World War II when American farmers reached out to former enemies, providing unmilled grains to people in Europe to help provide water and food after devastating years of fighting. Today, that ministry continues around the world as Church World Service partners with interfaith neighbors to help after disasters, care for displaced people, and assist in efforts to resettle refugees and rebuild people’s lives so they can sustain their families in future years. After Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on a number of Bayshore communities, Church World Service came to Monmouth County to bring tools, food, and help rebuild people’s lives.

For more information on the upcoming Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk, see the event website at To contact walk organizers, email