NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Undaunted by the heavy rain, 72 walkers and volunteers conducted the 2019 New Providence Crop Walk on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 20. Their exceptional effort has earned $5,000 to fight hunger.  Matching funds and other contributions are still arriving.  

Since 1974, this annual three-mile-walk through town has been planned by Faith Lutheran Church and hosted by the United Methodist Church.  The chairperson for the past four years has been Mike Warin of Faith Lutheran.

The walkers were from area churches.  The three with the largest number of participants were the Sebit Presbyterian Church of Warren, Faith Lutheran of New Providence and the Asian Indian Christian Church of Berkeley Heights.

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Prior to the walk, Mr. Warin conducted a brief orientation.  He reminded the participants that many of the world’s poor and hungry have to walk long distances for food and water and that hunger is a significant issue in the United States as well.  The walkers were raising funds to help alleviate this international and national issue.  Mr. Warin was followed by Bob Hasbrouck of Faith and New Providence, who explained the procedures and route of the walk.  Mr. Hasbrouck has assisted with the Crop Walk since its beginning forty-five years ago.

Rev. Jane McCready of Faith read a bible scripture and conducted a responsive prayer with the group.  John Everson and Courtney Auchter, accompanied by guitarist, Jim Skidmore, the three also of Faith, led the walkers in the singing of  “We Are Marching in the Light of God.” 

In recognition of hunger being a problem throughout the world, one of the verses was sung in Swahili.

Inspired by “We Are Marching in the Light of God,” the walkers then lifted their umbrellas, their red and white Crop Walk signs and marched down Springfield Avenue. 

Upon completion, the walkers and volunteers enjoyed ice cream at the Methodist Church.  The plentiful chocolate and vanilla ice cream was donated by Zita’s Home Made Ice Cream, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence.

All the contributions will be donated to Church World Service, an interdenominational organization which combats hunger in the United States and around the world.  The focus of Church World Service is meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged people.  Church World Service will return twenty-five per cent of the money to the soup kitchen at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Newark.  With the pending arrival of winter and other soup kitchens having closed, the needs of St. John’s are significant.

Persons wishing to make contributions to the Crop Walk may send their donations to Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street, New Providence, NJ 07974.   The phone number is 908-464-5177.

The website of Faith is www.famfaith.org .