DEXTER – On November 30th, the Ninth Annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour stopped at Maine Highlands FCU in Dexter and at credit unions in two other nearby communities (Dover-Foxcroft and Newport) and contributed to food pantries in each community. The Tour featured Brenda Davis, one of Maine's leading ending hunger advocates, partnering with Maine's credit unions to raise awareness for ending hunger during the month-long walk across Maine.
Local Food pantries in Piscataquis County receiving contributions include: Dexter Community Food Closet in Dexter; Living Word Community Food Cupboard in Dover-Foxcroft; and Newport Community Food Bank in Newport.
This year’s Tour visited the most communities, and covered the most miles in its history. The Walk encompassed a record of more than 1,500 miles, with approximately 700 of that on foot, and visited a record-setting 72 communities from Kittery to Madawaska. The Tour visited every Maine county for the fifth consecutive year. At each of the 79 credit union branches Davis visited, she picked up a contribution from the Campaign as a way to support her cause. This year, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger also made a $105 donation to a food pantry in each of the 72 communities that Davis visited.
The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger contributed nearly $30,000 to help end hunger through the Tour, part of the larger initiative by credit unions to end hunger in Maine which has, to date, raised and distributed more than $3.5 million.
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 the month of November, which was designated as Ending Hunger month. The Walk began on November 4 at Maine State CU in Augusta and concluded with a ceremony at Brewer FCU in Brewer on Thursday, December 2.
Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised over $3.5 million to help end hunger in Maine. This is the 21st year of the campaign.
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