15th Annual Maine CUs Ending Hunger Walking Tour launches on longest journey yet
October 26, 2016
The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger launched the 15th Annual Maine Credit Union’s Ending Hunger Walking Tour at Maine State CU in Augusta, a walk that will be the longest yet. The walk is part of the Campaign’s mission to not only raise funds but also awareness about the issue of hunger in Maine.
To mark the launch, Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger sent Davis off with a special donation. 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 $623,000 that was raised in 2015 campaign.
“Fifteen years ago, Maine’s credit unions and Brenda Davis came together to launch an ‘idea’, it is amazing to see how much that ‘idea’ has grown and the impact it has had on raising awareness and making an impact on hunger in Maine. We are honored to have been a part of creating this Tour, and to celebrate its 15th year this year,” stated Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine CU League, who, along with Davis, created the Walking Tour.
The Walk is expected to encompass more than 1,500 miles, with approximately 750-800 miles of that on foot. Davis will visit a record-setting 90 communities from Kittery to Madawaska, focusing attention on the severity of hunger Maine. Nearly 14% of Maine’s population is identified as food insecure. At each of the 97 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 to a food pantry in each community Davis visits. The Tour will visit all 16 Maine counties for the ninth consecutive year.
The Walk is a partnership between Maine’s credit unions and Davis to build awareness about the problem of hunger and homelessness in Maine during the month of November, which has been designated as National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month. The Walk officially began on Friday, October 21, at Maine State Credit Union in Augusta, and will conclude with a ceremony at Bangor Federal Credit Union in Bangor on Monday, November 21.
Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised over $6.5 million to help end hunger in Maine. Follow the Tour online at www.mainecul.org. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Maine CUs’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, stop by a local credit union or click on the Ending Hunger Link at www.mainecul.org