Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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CROP walkers take to the streets to benefit anti-hunger efforts

On Saturday morning, he picked up trash in the 19th Ward as part of the Rochester\'s Clean Sweep. Later that afternoon, he and his St. Stephen\'s Episcopal Church Sunday School class cleaned up a part of that neighborhood that Clean Sweep missed.

On Sunday Tevanni took to the streets again.

'This is my third time walking,' he said, setting off from Aenon Baptist Church for southwest Rochester\'s CROP Hunger Walk.

Such walks, which benefit local and international anti-hunger efforts, were scheduled for northeast and northwest Rochester and Brockport, Perinton, Greece, Henrietta, Spencerport and Webster on Sunday.

Southwest Ecumenical Ministries organized the CROP Walk for southwest Rochester, and walkers from more than 15 churches participated. A quarter of the money raised will benefit SWEM\'s efforts to provide food to needy people in Rochester. The rest of the funds will support Church World Services, a non-profit organization that works against hunger and poverty and for peace.

'Give us a spirit to guide us and to always be mindful of those who have less,' prayed the Rev. Mary Ann Brody of St. Stephen\'s Episcopal Church, who is also a SWEM board member. She worked to bring back southwest Rochester\'s CROP Walk after a few years\' hiatus.

The first CROP walk took place in 1969 in North Dakota. J. B. Afoh-Manin, president of the 19th Ward Community Association, has been participating in CROP Walks since he was a child and was happy to learn that southwest Rochester\'s walk was restarting this year. 'It\'s crucial to put our action where our words are,' he said.

Organizers hoped that the walk would raise awareness of SWEM\'s services. 'We\'re perfectly willing and very eager to get more clients,' said SWEM board president Jody LaRose.

Tevanni walked with fellow St. Stephen\'s church member Wendy Sullivan. A social worker, she said she sees lots of people who are in need. 'We have to share what we have.'

Despite all of his work this weekend, Tevanni opted for the 3.25-mile walk rather than the shorter one-mile option.

'It\'ll probably give us more exercise,' he said.

To learn more about SWEM services, call (585) 235-4494.