Tonawanda News — This year, the event’s theme is “Moving for Hunger,” and participants in wheelchairs are encouraged to take part as well. Members of a local Girl Scout troop have volunteered to help push anyone in a wheelchair who wants to participate, said Joan Mohalski, a member of the walk committee. Kenmore Fire Department EMTs will be on standby for any walk participant.
Melissa Foster, president of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, will serve as the honorary chairperson of the 2013 walk. She said that the walk has been going on for so long that multiple generations have taken part over the years.
“So many people have been putting their feet where (their) hearts are for such a long time,” she said. “We don’t want to think of anyone going hungry ... anywhere. People like to think hunger really is a ‘other people’ situation in Ken-Ton. But right here in Ken-Ton, we have a number of people who are the working poor.”
Even those who can put some food on the table may have issues providing enough healthy, quality food — the “ramen noodle situation” — Foster said, and many elderly people may be too proud to ask for help.
“Hunger is real and it’s right here, it’s in Kenmore,” she said. “And it’s something we all need to be concerned about. I don’t think any of us want to think our neighbors are waking up or going to bed hungry.”
More than 1,6000 walks now take place each year, and more than 5 million walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP walks over the last two decades.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Ken-Ton CROP Walk • WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Sunday (Registration at 1 p.m.) • WHERE: The walk begins at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.crophungerwalk.org or call Bonnie LeValley at 875-5091.