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September 19, 2013

CROP Walking for hunger

Tonawanda News — All those people walking along Delaware Road this weekend will be out there for more than just a Sunday stroll.

Ken-Ton residents, including members of many area churches, will band together Sunday for the annual Ken-Ton CROP Walk, which will begin with registration at 1 p.m. at Kenmore United Methodist Church on Delaware and Landers roads. The walk itself begins at 1:30 p.m. and will proceed south along Delaware Road and then north back to the church. There is both a 2.4-mile route and a walk to Kenmore Presbyterian and back that’s just under a mile.

Bonnie LeValley, registrar for the event and a deacon at Kenmore United Methodist Church, said it — like other CROP Walks throughout the country — raises money to help prevent hunger not only around the world, but right in the Kenmore area.

“The monies come back into the area,” she said. “About 25 percent of funds raised come back to local food pantries for our communities.”

LeValley said the event has been taking place about 30 years. It has moved back and forth from Kenmore to alongside the Niagara River in Tonawanda, settling for the past two years back in the village. Those participating can register that day, online at, by calling LeValley at 875-5091 or by picking up a sponsor sheet at Kenmore United Methodist Church. Participants are also encouraged to donate non-perishable items for local food pantries.

Churches that are taking part this year include Kenmore United Methodist Church, Kenmore Presbyterian Church, Zion United Church of Christ, Nativity United Church of Christ, Kenmore United Church of Christ and Deerhurst Presbyterian Church. However, LeValley said that everyone is welcome to take part.

“It’s open to whomever wants to join the walk,” she said. “We’ve had beautiful days for the walk, and we hope that continues. It’s wonderful when the churches can work together.”

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