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Dec 12, 2021

Thousands of Pounds of Food Collected During 41st Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk

By Lori Draz

On a sunny, breezy Oct. 17 morning, volunteers and donors from schools, churches, civic groups and the general public arrived at Red Bank Regional High School, just as they have for decades. It was again a festive site, with banners blowing, The Wag playing music and the hardworking volunteers collecting food staples. The successful 41st annual Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk raised funds and food to help end hunger right here in Monmouth County as well as assisting Church World Service’s mission of helping those in need in the U.S. and internationally. This gathering at RBR was a particularly joyful homecoming as the walk was held virtually last year. 

First to arrive was a huge truck filled with donations from Rumson Country Day School. That truck held more than a ton of rice, beans, peanut butter and soup. Soon after, Oak Hill Academy arrived with more than 1,700 pounds of food. All day the tent filled up with donations large and small. Just as they have since 1984, CBA students, 21 strong, showed up to do the heavy lifting. These three schools have been loyal and long-lasting supporters of this ministry. In total, the 15 CROP partner programs, along with so many individuals and private organizations, poured out their generosity, making this huge drive a scene to behold.

Another favorite part of the event are the colorful art submissions on display on walk day. Tiny posters drawn by first graders at Oak Hill Academy and large mural banners from Red Bank Regional, Rumson Country Day School and Trinity Hall inspired attendees with their interpretations of different aspects of hunger around the world.

At the time of this writing, close to $68,000 of online donations have been added to the funds raised by local sponsors. Online donations are being accepted through late December at RedBankCropWalk.com. Also available for purchase is Crop Gear, including caps, aprons, wine bags, backpacks, travel zips and grocery totes. 

On walk day, the Rev. Janet Jones, of AME Zion Church in Red Bank, gave a rousing sermon about walking to end hunger and reaching out to those in need. Then, all the participants headed down to do complete the victory lap. The Red Bank Regional Key Club and National Honor Society cheered on the walkers who ended their day with ice cream, Italian ice and apples, donated by Rita’s of Eatontown, Super Foodtown of Red Bank, Sickles Market and Delicious Orchards.