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Aug 02, 2021

Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk

By Lori Draz

The Wag Band plays at the event in 2018

The 2021 Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk is set to return for the 41st time on Sunday, Oct. 17. This critical drive fills the food pantries of 15 different local programs each year with essentials like rice, beans and peanut butter. Teams of walkers from many schools and churches also raise thousands of dollars which supports a number of hunger-fighting partners, both local and international, including the global programs of Church World Service that work towards sustaining healthier lives and reducing poverty.

Last year, the pandemic caused the event to be held virtually, but thanks to so many dedicated walkers and supporters, it was a record-breaking success. This year, with regards to the safety of the volunteers, organizers have decided to duplicate last year’s event, keeping the walking, fundraising and food drives virtual, but all are invited to come together for a grand celebration and victory lap at Red Bank Regional High School on Oct. 17.

Committee member Cynthia McCormack and Pradthana Nuan Ngam from McCormack Farms. Photo by Leah McCormack

Online teams are being formed now. Teen leaders are working with the 15 local partners to create short videos that document how these groups handled the overwhelming challenges of COVID-19. The teens will also review the ongoing efforts of Church World Service Global to respond to urgent needs here in the US and throughout the world.

Oct. 17 is the official walk day and all who have completed their virtual walk fundraisers are welcome to celebrate CROP Walk 2021 at Red Bank Regional High School, where there will be a tent for food collections, so bring your food to be counted and distributed! As in years past, this fun event will have Shortstop the Clown leading the victory lap, and include an art contest, music by The Wag, ice cream, apples, and a festive display of community efforts.

Personalized items designed by teen leaders help raise funds for the Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk.

The organizers of the Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk encourage you to shop their new line of merchandise including hats, aprons, visors and wine bags, and of course, your cash donations are always appreciated. They thank their numerous sponsors, including the McCormack Farms in Middletown. To learn more and get involved, visit RedBankCROPWalk.com.