12th Annual Maine CUs' Ending Hunger Walking Tour Begins
October 28, 2013
(L-R) Normand Dubreuil, President/CEO of Maine State CU, Mary Whalen of the Augusta Food Bank, Brenda Davis, hunger advocate, and Tonya Quigg of Maine State CU, present a check on behalf of Maine's credit unions sto get the 2013 Maine CUs' Ending Hunger Walking Tour underway.
On Friday, October 25, at Maine State Credit Union in Augusta, representatives from Maine’s credit unions joined Brenda Davis, Executive Director of Cross Roads Ministries, an Old Town-based hunger agency that serves thousands in Eastern Maine, to launch the Twelfth Annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour, the only such Walk of its kind in the country. Because Maine State CU was the top fundraising credit union for ending hunger in 2012, their main office was where Davis began her month-long journey. This is the seventh consecutive year Maine State CU has earned this honor through their fundraising efforts.
At the ceremony, representatives from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger sent Davis off on the Ending Hunger Walking Tour with a donation marking the launch. Throughout the tour, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will contribute nearly $30,000 to help end hunger, distributing funds generated through the Campaigns 2012 fundraising efforts, which totaled a record-setting $471,000. Normand Dubreuil, President/CEO of Maine State CU, said the credit union "is honored to be a leader in raising funds to end hunger in Maine, and appreciates the awareness that the Walking Tour provides to this important issue."
The Walk is expected to encompass more than 1,500 miles, with approximately 650-750 miles of that on foot, and visit a record-setting 80 communities from Kittery to Madawaska, focusing attention on the severity that hunger exists in Maine, with 14% of Maine’s population identified as food insecure. At each of the 88 credit union locations she visits, Davis is picking up a contribution from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger as a way to support her cause. In addition, the Campaign will make a contribution in each community Davis visits. The Tour will visit every Maine county for the eighth consecutive year.
The Walk is an effort on the part of Maine’s credit unions and Davis to build awareness about the problem of hunger in Maine during the month of November, which has been designated as Ending Hunger month. The Walk will conclude with a ceremony at Bangor FCU in Bangor on Wednesday, December 4.
Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised over $4.8 million to help end hunger in Maine.