2017 Tour & Facts
- In 2002, the Walking Tour was conceived by Brenda Davis, long-time hunger advocate in Maine and the Executive Director of BBC Opportunity Center in Old Town, a hunger organization serving eastern Maine, and Jon Paradise, Coordinator of the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, along with the Maine Credit Union League’s Social Responsibility Committee.
- The mission of the Walking Tour is to raise awareness about the severity of hunger in Maine. Because many parts of Maine are rural in nature, many people have to travel great distances to receive food assistance. In a number of instances, these people lack the transportation necessary to receive that assistance and are forced to walk miles to the nearest food bank or pantry. The Walk, in part, symbolizes the struggle that many Mainers go through just to get food for their families.
- The Walking Tour is an initiative through the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, a campaign which has raised more than $7.2 million to help end hunger in Maine. Since it began, the Tour has covered more than 13,000 miles on foot.
- The 2017 Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour is the sixteenth annual Walk and runs from Friday, October 27 – Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The Walk will visit every county in Maine, encompass nearly 1,800 combined by car and foot, 91 communities and 97 credit union locations.
- Representatives from credit unions, food pantries, local Rotary chapters, colleges and the general public are expected to walk with Davis in each community.
- The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will make contributions to help end hunger at every Walk stop and visit.
- In 2017, the Walking Tour will also be contributing to food pantries in each community it visits. The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will make a $116 donation to one food pantry in each of the 90 communities that Brenda visits. In 2016, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger made contributions to 90 food pantries as part of the Tour.
- This is the only Ending Hunger Walk of its kind in the nation and received the top community-service award in the Credit Union Movement in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised and distributed more than $7.2 million to help end hunger in Maine. 100% of all money raised stays in Maine and is distributed to hunger organizations.
- Brenda will be stopping by Winslow Community FCU on Friday, November 17th.
- FMI: http://www.mainecul.org/community-involvement/maine-cus-campaign-ending-hunger/