LISBON — Recently, the 13th annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour made a stop in Lisbon, one of nine communities in Androscoggin and Oxford Counties that was visited. Brenda Davis, one of the state’s leading ending hunger advocates, has been partnering with Maine’s credit unions to coordinate the Ending Hunger Walking Tour for the past 13 years.
The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness and distribute some of the statewide funds raised by the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. In 2013, the campaign raised a record-setting $513,000 and has raised $5.3 million since 1990.
In the region, checks for $113 each (commemorative of this being the 13th year) were presented to the High Street Congregational Food Pantry in Auburn; Greene Baptist Church Food Pantry in Greene; New Beginnings in Lewiston; Lisbon Area Community Outreach in Lisbon; Tri-Town Ministerial Association in Livermore Falls; GRAMPA Food Pantry in Mexico; Oxford Hills Food Pantry in Norway; Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Sabattus; and Community Concepts in South Paris. The contributions will help the food pantries purchase approximately $1,500 worth of food each through the Good Shepherd Food-Bank.
This year’s tour will be visiting the most communities, and covering the most miles in its history. The walk is expected to encompass more than 1,500 miles, with approximately 750 of that on foot, and visit a record-setting 83 communities from Kittery to Madawaska. The tour will visit every Maine county for the seventh consecutive year. In addition to contributing funds to Davis’ food pantry, which is one of the largest in Eastern Maine, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will contribute to a food pantry in each of the 83 communities that the tour visits.
The walk will conclude with a ceremony at University CU in Orono on Wednesday, December 3. For daily updates on the Walking Tour, visit www.mainecul.org.