Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour beginning

Posted Nov. 02, 2011, at 1:29 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — On Oct. 27, at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union, 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, at a pre-walk celebration for the 10th annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour.

Jon Paradise, spokesman for the Maine Credit Union League, recalled how Davis and Maine’s credit unions first came together 10 years earlier. “Penobscot County FCU had an employee who was a friend of Brenda’s, and she suggested that Maine’s credit unions might be a good resource to help Brenda and her food pantry further the issue of hunger in Maine. From there, we came up with the Walk, and it has grown every year. The Walk is an example of the power of collaboration and partnership. For the past 10 years, Maine’s credit unions and Brenda have come together to make a difference, and this year we celebrate a decade of not only raising and contributing funds to communities across Maine but also for raising awareness and bringing the issue into the forefront in Maine.”

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. The Walk is expected to encompass a record of more than 1,500 miles, with about 700 of that on foot, and visit a record-setting 75 communities from Kittery to Madawaska. The tour will visit every Maine county for the sixth consecutive year. At each of the 84 credit union branches Davis visits, she will pick up a contribution from the campaign as a way to support her cause. This year, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will make a $110 donation to a food pantry in each of the 75 communities that Davis will visit. The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will contribute nearly $30,000 to help end hunger through the tour.

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 November, which has been designated as Ending Hunger Month. The Walk will conclude with a ceremony at Maine Savings FCU in Hampden on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised more than $3.9 million to help end hunger in Maine.