Longest-Ever Maine CUs' Ending Hunger Walk Ends
December 3, 2015
On Wednesday, December 2, with cameras from every area TV station anxiously waiting at the finish line, the 14th Annual Maine CUs' Ending Hunger Walking Tour ended at Brewer FCU in Brewer. When Brenda Davis crossed the finish line, it concluded the longest-ever Walking Tour.
Each year, the Tour concludes a different Bangor area CU, and Brewer FCU had the honor this year. Crews representing TV newscasts airing on WABI TV 5, The CW, WLBZ 2, ABC 7, and FOX 22 captured the conclusion of the longest Tour ever, one that covered nearly 800 miles on foot, and made stops at 93 credit union locations in 87 communities.
In welcoming Davis back from a journey that began on October 23, at Maine State CU in Augusta, your League's VP of Governmental & Public Affairs, Jon Paradise, said the Tour is not only "a way to make an impact in every community it visits but to also bring attention in a visible way to the fact that hunger exists throughout our state. While fundraising for ending hunger is our primary focus, raising awareness is also an important part of the solution."
Brenda Davis, Founding Director of BBC Opportunity Center—an Old Town-based hunger and homeless resource agency that seeks to bridge the gap between poverty and self-sufficiency—spent nearly six weeks traveling across the state to focus attention on the severity of hunger in Maine. Davis collected stories about hunger while on the road and shared her experience at the ceremony.
The Walk concluded with a contribution from the Maine Credit Union's Campaign for Ending Hunger for $1,400, commemorating the 14th year of the Walk, and the and the contribution was just a portion of the record-breaking $552,257 that was raised by the 2014 Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger. The Campaign made a contribution to a food pantry in all of the 87 communities where Davis walked.
Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised over $5.9 million to help end hunger in Maine.