15th Annual Walking Tour leaves record-setting footprint on ending hunger

December 5, 2016

"People are still struggling out there, no matter what community I visited.  It's rewarding to know that we are not only making a difference financially but also in bringing attention to the fact that people are hungry," said Brenda Davis, one of the state's leading ending hunger advocates, at the conclusion of the 15th Annual Maine Credit Unions' Ending Hunger Walking Tour last month in Bangor.

From October 21 - November 21, Davis was on the road, visiting a record-setting 97 credit union locations in 90 communities.  That's a far cry from the first Walk in 2002, when the Tour visited 45 communities.  "The ability to grow the presence of the Walk and to bring it to more communities gets more people involved, and raises awareness about the issue," explained Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, who, along with Davis helped to found the Walk.

The 15th Annual Walk began at Maine State CU in Augusta, and concluded at Bangor FCU in Bangor, but not before it covered more than 1,500 miles, with approximately 750-800 miles of that on foot.  A food pantry in each community received a contribution, as well.

In all, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger contributed nearly $30,000 to help end hunger through the Walk.

The Maine Credit Unions' Ending Hunger Walking Tour has received numerous awards for its social responsibility commitment over the years, and is just one initiative funded as part of the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger, which has raised $6.5 million since 1990 including a record-setting $623,000 in 2015.