Have You Walked Lately?

Brenda Davis, former director of Crossroads, has been walking across the state of Maine since October 26. More than an exercise routine, Brenda is walking to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and poverty in Maine. This year marks the 14th year of her partnership with Maine's credit unions, to help collect donations for ending hunger, and to raise awareness in each community she visits.

From left:  Brenda Davis, Kelsey Gillespie (Marketing Coordinator at Casco FCU), Mallory Lavoie (Young & Free Maine Spokester)

From left:  Brenda Davis, Kelsey Gillespie (Marketing Coordinator at Casco FCU), Mallory Lavoie (Young & Free Maine Spokester)

This year, her journey began in northern Maine, in Ashland and Eagle Lake. The next day, she moved on to St. Francis, Fort Kent, Madawaska, and St. Agatha. From there, she began working her way south, hopping from Van Buren, to Presque-Isle, Houlton to Millinocket, and other towns in between. Her southern Maine tour began the first week of November, and she will continue on through Midcoast, Central, Western and Eastern Maine, wrapping up the tour on December 2nd, at University Credit Union in Orono.

Brenda calls the walk her "Appalachian trail." She says that everyone has their own version of the hike, and this is hers. This year, Brenda will walk through 87 communities, and will visit 93 credit union branch locations. Her efforts have helped Maine credit unions raise millions of dollars toward ending hunger in Maine. 15% of Maine households, representing 200,000 people, experience food insecurity, and Maine ranks 13th in the nation in food insecurity and first in New England. With continued efforts from Brenda, Maine credit unions, and Maine communities, we can help bring food security to the 200,000 people who are facing food insecurity, and we can help bring food to the fifteen percent of Maine households experiencing hunger.

Take care,

Mallory