AUGUSTA, Maine (10/27/14)--The 13th annual Maine Credit Unions' Ending Hunger Walking Tour officially kicked off Friday at Maine State CU, Augusta, with $353 million in assets.
|At the kick-off of the Maine Credit Unions' Ending Hunger Walking Tour at Maine State CU, Augusta, Brenda Davis, center, is all smiles as she begins her statewide journey. Pictured with Davis are Mark Young, senior vice president/chief operating officer, Maine State CU, and Stacey Dow, who is a member of the credit union's social responsibility committee. The walk is part of the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger, which since 1990 has raised $5.3 million to help end hunger in Maine. (Maine Credit Union League Photo)|
The walk is coordinated by the Maine Credit Union League as part of its Campaign for Ending Hunger.
Brenda Davis, a representative Cross Roads Ministries, Old Town, Maine, will walk through 83 communities to raise awareness about hunger in the state.
Davis came up with the idea for the walk in 2002 through her relationship with $52 million-asset Penobscot County FCU, Old Town, said Jon Paradise, league vice president of governmental and public affairs.
"She's been a great advocate and a spokesperson for us," Paradise told News Now. "She's spoken on our behalf at a variety of events about what credit unions do. We've really had a great synergy with her."
This year's walk runs through Dec. 3, when it ends at University CU, Orono, with $239 million in assets. The walk will visit every county in Maine, encompass 750 to 800 miles on foot (nearly 1,800 by foot and car combined) and 92 credit union locations--both new records.
Representatives from credit unions, food pantries, local Rotary chapters, colleges and the general public are expected to walk with Davis in each community.
"Thirteen years ago, I don't think anyone envisioned how big this walk would be come," Paradise said. "It puts the Campaign for Ending Hunger in the spotlight."
Since it began, the tour has covered more than 10,000 miles. The Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised more than $5.3 million to help end hunger in Maine.