SOMERVILLE, NJ - Bundled up against the brisk wind and 47 degree temperature, members of several Central New Jersey congregations joined together Sunday afternoon to participate in the 44th annual CROP Hunger Walk hosted by the First Reformed Church on Main Street.
Carry multi-colored balloons, members of First United Methodist Church of Somerville, North Branch Reformed Church, Congregational Church of Bound Brook, First Baptist Church of Somerville and Manville Reformed Church joined Rev. Paul Janssen and members of First Reformed Church for the three-mile walk down the borough's main street and through side streets and neighborhoods..
CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith events sponsored by Church World Services and take place in 1,500 communities across the United States and in more than 30 countries worldwide. Neighbors walk together to raise funds to end hunger in their community and around the world.
United Reformed Church has hosted the event for 44 years.
Together, different ages, faiths and backgrounds, walkers raise money and awareness to end hunger one step at a time.
Twenty-five percent of the funds raised in the Central Somerset Walk will be split between the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) in Somerville.
The balance of the donations raised will be used by Church World Services for hunger programs that help global communities flourish, such as providing tools needed for community gardens, installation of water pumps and filters and emergency food supplies in drought affected areas.
CWS also provides emergency relief services to those affected by hurricane destruction.
“In many developing nations, people walk as many as six miles a day to get food and water, and one in nine people lack access to clean water and a healthy diet. By walking as they walk, our steps truly take on meaning”, said Mark Cannizzo, Central Somerset Walk Coordinator.
Donations to CROP are still being accepted. Visit; http://crophungerwalk.org/somervillenj/ online, or for more information, call the United Reformed Church office at (908) 725-4545.