EPISCOPALIANS RIDE, WALK, AND RUN TO FIGHT HUNGER IN NEW JERSEY THIS WEEKEND
Jubilee Ministries’ Battle for Justice Initiative partners with The Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride & George and Kinny’s Walk on September 11-13; Bishop Stokes to Participate in George and Kinny’s Walk on September 13.
On Sunday, September 13, The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, will participate in George & Kinny’s Walk along the Delaware Canal Towpath at Washington Crossing Park, PA to help raise funds and awareness for the Battle Against Hunger. Beginning from the park’s General Greene Pavilion at 4:00 PM, Bishop Stokes will join other walkers on the scenic towpath, returning to the Pavilion by 5:00 PM in time to welcome cyclists from the Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour as they complete their ride. For more information, please click here.
In its thirteenth year, the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride has raised close to $1 million for hunger-focused not-for-profit organizations since its inception. In 2014, the Office of Jubilee Ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey launched the Battle for Justice, combining advocacy with action to address social justice issues in the communities served by its 147 churches. These two initiatives now work in tandem to raise funds and awareness in combatting hunger in New Jersey.
The walk, dedicated to the memory of Battle Against Hunger partners and guiding lights George and Kinny Gallup, will aid area agencies in handling the immediate needs of residents throughout New Jersey who are suffering from the ravages of hunger.
“This is a major event that raises funds and awareness for organizations in the Diocese of New Jersey that battle hunger and make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Bishop Stokes. “We’re so grateful for the support of the numerous congregations and hundreds of individuals who make the walk and ride possible.”
In addition to raising awareness about food insecurity in New Jersey, Bishop Stokes will also be raising funds to supplement the funds raised by other participating Jubilee Centers and congregations of the Diocese of New Jersey. Click here for Bishop Stokes’ participation page.
The Jubilee Office of the Diocese of New Jersey, with its associated 23 Jubilee Ministry Centers, is just one of the ways the Diocese of New Jersey addresses domestic poverty. These Jubilee Ministry Centers empower the poor and oppressed in their communities by providing, among other aid, direct services such as Food Pantries that provide culturally appropriate perishable and non-perishable food, and volunteers who plant, harvest and distribute fresh vegetables grown in their parish gardens. Most importantly, they also advocate for human rights and social justice.
In its second year of partnership with Jubilee Ministries, the Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour and George & Kinny’s Walk events address both our call to feed the hungry as well as our call to address the systemic causes of hunger. The 200-mile bike tour will begin in Gettysburg, PA on Friday, September 11th, and will end with a reception at Washington Crossing Park, PA at 5:00 PM on Sunday, September 13th.
All are welcome to attend the reception, hosted by the Trenton Rescue Mission and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, made possible through generous individual contributions.
In the words of the Reverend Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Domestic Poverty Missioner for The Episcopal Church: “There is no more vicious component of the cycle of poverty holding so many captive in this country than food insecurity. By some estimates, nearly 50 million Americans – one third of them children – live in households which experience such a situation during significant portions of the year. The work that we do as the Body of Christ to not only feed the hungry in the immediacy of their need but to also attack the chronic and systemic causes of hunger is true gospel work. Food pantries, community gardens, nutrition education, cooperative food purchasing and distribution, and other similar efforts are an answer to God’s call for us to do justice and love mercy.”
Please visit BattleAgainstHunger.org for more information.
ABOUT THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY:
Founded in 1785, the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey is one of the largest dioceses of The Episcopal Church in the United States, with 147 congregations in the southern two-thirds of the Garden State and over 44,500 members. The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes was elected Twelfth Bishop of the Diocese in 2013. For more information, please visit www.dioceseofnj.org.
ABOUT JUBILEE MINISTRIES IN THE DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY:
Jubilee Ministry is an initiative of the Episcopal Church to engage congregations in the important work of empowering people to change their lives. When a church becomes a Jubilee Center, it joins a network of hundreds of churches throughout the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of New Jersey’s 23 Jubilee centers provide direct services, such as food, shelter, or health care. and advocate on issues of human rights. For more information, please visit http://dioceseofnj.org/jubilee.
ABOUT THE BATTLE AGAINST HUNGER BIKE RIDE:
The Battle Against Hunger is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness about hunger and assisting those who provide services to those in need. Over the past twelve years, the organization has raised over $800,000 for hunger relief, with the bike ride now joined by two opportunities for walkers in George & Kinney’s Walk (held concurrently) and the We Care Walk (held on Sept. 20th in Perth Amboy, NJ).
What began as a dream in 2003 to help feed the hungry with funds from a small bike tour has blossomed into a non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness about hunger and assisting those who provide services to those in need. For more information, please visit BattleAgainstHunger.org.
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Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey