Hunger is rising again. As many as 828 million people go to bed hungry every night. 50 million people in 45 countries are on the edge of famine. We are all aware of the devastation caused by the war in Ukraine and drought aggravated by global warming. Money raised in the Freehold Area CROP Walk provides sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief here and abroad, and refugee assistance. CROP walks fight hunger and poverty through advocacy and collaboration with partners in over 30 countries, including the US, without evangelizing. AND 25% of our proceeds are returned to local food pantries to help us to meet hunger needs right here at home! Our Walk has been a “CREAM OF THE CROP WALK,” one of the 100 biggest fund-raising walks (of over 800 walks) since 2017. Let’s not stop now!
The Freehold Area CROP Walk, organized by the Freehold Clergy Association and WHAM, the Windsor Hightstown Area Ministerium, interfaith groups of clergy and faith leaders from Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, and other faith groups, as well as hospital and police chaplains, will take place on Sunday, October 16th at The Reformed Church of Freehold, 67 W. Main Street, Freehold. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. and the walk route will be available until 4 p.m. In the event of seriously inclement weather, the walk will be held at St. Rose of Lima School gym, 51 Lincoln Place, Freehold.
There will be a 2.6 mile and 1/10 mile mini-walk route marked out in historic Freehold Borough. A map will be provided at registration. Register yourself or your team here and then email family and friends to help end hunger and poverty! Donors can designate their total gift to 501c3 hunger programs of their choosing. Turn in your pledges at the walk if possible. We are also collecting rice, beans, soup, peanut butter and pet food for our pantries. The walker with the largest pledge amount on the day of the walk will become our honored Walk Marshal. The youth under 21 with the highest pledge total will receive a prize. Dogs on a leash are welcome. The dog with the highest pledge total will win a prize. Every walker with pledges will receive a t-shirt as long as shirts last. Youth will also receive service project credit.Refreshments, subs and water will be available. Free-will offerings are gratefully accepted and go toward hunger needs. Coveted Gilded Sneaker trophies will be awarded to the groups with the most walker/fundraisers on the day of the walk and the highest pledge total by a group received by Nov. 20st.
You can become a Team Leader, download and print supplies and register your walkers directly at www.crophungerwalk.org. CROP walker forms and promotional materials are also available at Hope Lutheran Church, 211 Elton Adelphia Road, (Route 524 near Jackson Mills Road and Freehold Township High) Freehold Township 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Monday through Friday or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 79 One Mile Road Extension, East Windsor, Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. Some congregations without walkers or with calendar conflicts collect pledges for a “Flat Clergy person.” For more information, call or text Pastor Pat Medley at 732-822-0711. Email her at PatMedley@aol.com.