Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk

Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk Returns

September 21, 2018
Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk

By Nicholas Deckmejian

On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk will return for its 38th year of bringing the community together to provide for those less fortunate. This CROP Walk is the sixth largest in the nation and takes participants on a five-mile walk from Red Bank Regional High School through Fair Haven, Red Bank, and Little Silver.

“This is our 38th year of walking as the community hunger appeal of Church World Service, which began in 1946 at the end of World War II,” said Walk Coordinator Janie Schildge. “We are still raising funds and food for hungry neighbors, and we do this on a Sunday afternoon, rain or shine, with a big crowd having a good time together in the community.”

Registration for the walk begins at 1 pm; the walk officially begins at 2 pm. The five-mile walk is on level ground and mostly on sidewalks, with five water stops along the way. Participants gather with their donation items prior to the race.

In addition to the communal joy of walking alongside hundreds of others for a great cause, participants can also enjoy music by Musicians on a Mission, art contests, clowns, Stroller Brigades, Lug a Jug teams, yoga stretches, and refreshments.

A Kickoff Rally will begin at 8 pm Monday, Sept. 10 at the First Baptist Church in Red Bank. “Our Teen Leaders share what they have been working on to give folks information on the 15 Crop Walk partners in Monmouth County, and also our global partnerships,” Schildge said.

“This year’s focus is on Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands in Asia, and how Crop Walks help folks on the ground with improving their lives with clean water access, better basic sanitation, education, and skill training, and crop to strengthen communities,” she said. “This is even more important as climate change is affecting weather conditions and sea levels, and threatening once-safe living areas.”

For more information on Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk, visit redbankcropwalk.com. To contact walk organizers, email redbankcropwalk@gmail.com.