Hundreds Walk to End Hunger
The annual Red Bank Crop Walk raises money and collects food to be distributed both locally and internationally.
On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered at Red Bank Regional High School to participate in the 31st Red Bank CROP Walk to End Hunger. The annual walk, which typically attracts more than 1,000 walkers who take the 5-mile trek through Little Silver, Fair Haven, and downtown Red Bank to eliminate hunger around the world, has raised more than $2 million over the years.
Last year the walk raised more than $120,000 and also collected 11,000 pounds of food, which was donated to local food pantries and soup kitchens like Red Bank’s Lunch Break. The event is a multi-denominational effort sponsored by the Church World Service. The Red Bank walk, which organizers say is the largest in New Jersey, is one of just 100 statewide and more than 1,800 across the country, all with the same mission.
The walk took on additional meaning Sunday as it served as a memorial for longtime CROP walk volunteer Sue Glossbrenner. Glossbrenner, who helped organize the event since it first came to the area as a beach cleanup in 1979, died earlier this year from complications due to lymphoma. In her memory, her family and friends organized a team to help raise money in her memory, Glossbrenner’s husband, Ken said Sunday. With a goal of raising $5,000 by the start of the walk, the Glossbrenner team raised more than $12,000.
Walk and collection totals were not immediately available.
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