Brenda Davis, former founding Director at Crossroads, is beginning her 14th Walking Tour To End Maine Hunger. Her walk starts today at Maine State Credit Union in Augusta, and will cover 87 Maine communities, and 93 credit unions along the way. The walking tour spans the entire state, from north to south.
The purpose of the Walking Tour to End Maine Hunger is to bring awareness to hunger and poverty in Maine. Hunger is a significant problem, with 15% of Maine households experiencing food insecurity. Brenda says, "Maine is so rural, that transportation is an issue [contributing to hunger] in some areas." Several other factors contribute to hunger in Maine, including income growth that is outpaced by cost of living; high level of underemployment; widening gap between the rich and poor; illiteracy; and lack of consumer information on nutrition.
14 years ago, Brenda began walking in communities across Maine to raise awareness and funds. The walk has expanded to include more Maine communities. All donations collected stay in their communities and help local food pantries and hunger organizations.
Be a part of the Walking Tour To End Maine Hunger. Follow me @YounFreeME on Twitter/Instagram and Young & Free Maine on Facebook for updates on the walk!