13th Annual Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger Walking Tour Begins Record-Setting Journey
October 28, 2014
(Pictured l-r) Mark Young, SVP/COO at Maine State CU, Brenda Davis, one of Maine's leading end hunger advocates, and Stacey Dow, Member of Maine State CU's Social Responsibility Committee, at the kick-off of the 13th Annual Maine CUs' Ending Hunger Walking Tour at Maine State CU in Augusta.
For the cause of raising awareness for hunger in Maine, thirteen is a lucky number, as the 13th Annual Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger Walking Tour has begun. This year's Tour began at Maine State CU in Augusta and will continue through December 3rd.
The The Walk is a partnership between 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 National Hunger and Homeless Awareness month, and is part of the larger Campaign. "Maine has the highest incidence of food insecurity in New England, and one of the highest nationwide. Nearly 15% of the population does not have enough to eat, including 1 in 4 Maine children. Part of the mission of the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger is to not only raise funds to help reduce hunger in Maine but to also raise awareness about the problem of hunger in Maine," explained Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League.
Through the walking tour, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will contribute nearly $30,000 to end hunger in Maine, which is just a portion of the record-breaking $513,000 that was raised in 2013 campaign.
The Walk is expected to encompass more than 1,500 miles, with approximately 650-750 miles of that on foot. At each of the 91 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 all 16 Maine counties for the eighth consecutive year.
The Walk will conclude with a ceremony at University Credit Union in Orono Wednesday, December 3.