The 13th annual Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger Walking Tour concluded Wednesday with a special ceremony at $239 million-asset University CU, Orono.
Brenda Davis, director emeritus of Cross Roads Ministries, an Old Town, Maine-based hunger relief agency, once again partnered with the state's credit unions to raise awareness about the severity of hunger in Maine.
Since leaving Augusta on Oct. 24, Davis covered more than 1,500 miles, with roughly 700 miles of that on foot. She visited all 16 Maine counties and a record 83 communities.
The ceremony was covered by WABI-TV of Bangor, Maine, and other media outlets.
Jon Paradise, Maine Credit Union League vice president of governmental and public affairs, told WABI-TV that even as Maine's credit unions work diligently to raise more money, the hunger problem continues. " But as long as there's a problem of hunger in Maine, Maine credit unions will be working to do all that we can," Paradise said.
The Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger contributed nearly $30,000 over the course of the tour, donating to food pantries in each of the communities. Since 1990, the campaign has raised and distributed more than $5.3 million.
This year, Maine's Young and Free spokester, Mallory Lavoie, joined Davis for the final stretch of the journey from $48 million-asset Brewer FCU to University CU.
While on the road, Davis collected stories about hunger to shed light on the struggles Mainers face every day.
Nearly 14% of Maine's population is identified as food insecure, and more than 40% of kids under the age of 12 show some evidence of hunger.