Sunday, Oct. 16 is the 42nd annual Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk. It is also World Day, making your involvement even more impactful, so come out and “Step Up to End Hunger” with your donations of time, dollars and food. The teams are set, the volunteers are ready, and you can still be a part of it all by donating food or funds and coming out to the walk to cheer on the walkers.
Enthusiasm has been building all summer, beginning with the Teen Leaders who worked on ways to build the success of Crop Walk, including visiting local partners and putting together incentive craft items of Church World Service (CWS) programs from around the world. CWS was formed after World War II and has been bringing help and hope for 76 years. These beautiful crafts will be on display, illustrating how CWS programs have changed the lives of folks rebuilding communities and families after wars and disasters.
Crop Walk season officially kicked off on Sept. 12 at First Baptist Church in Red Bank when folks from faith groups, schools, partners and scout troops ignored the dreary weather to pick up envelopes, posters, stickers and materials to spread the word.
Then on Oct. 16 at 1 pm, 75 teams will head out from Red Bank Regional. Activities include music by The Wag and a visit from Shortstop the Clown. Come see the big tent and watch the boys from Cristian Brothers Academy sort and bag the donations of rice, peanut butter, soup and beans.
The girls of Trinity Hall, teams from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology and Red Bank Regional, and volunteers from churches and organizations will be handling the six water stops along the walk.
Please bring rice, beans, soup and peanut butter which can be stored in pantries or used in meal programs run by 14 local Crop Partners. The food goal is 16,000 pounds, and the cash goal is $142,000, which will be shared with local partners and through the Church World Service programs around the U.S. and the globe.
To learn more, visit RedBankCropWalk.com. The walk will take place rain or shine.