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Ending Hungar Walking Tour donates to GRAMPA
REGION -- On November 17-18, the 10th Annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour traveled throughout Oxford County and made stops in three different communities to make contributions to a local food pantries.
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 ten years.
In Oxford County, the Tour stopped in Mexico, Norway and South Paris. A food pantry in each community received a check for $110 each (commemorative of this being the Tour’s 10th year), which can purchase more than $1,500 in food through the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Food pantries receiving a contribution include (listed alphabetically by town): GRAMPA Food Pantry in Mexico; Oxford Hills Food Pantry in Norway; and Community Concepts in South Paris.
This year’s tour will be visiting the most communities, and covering the most miles in its history. The walk is expected to encompass a record of more than 1,525 miles, with approximately 725 of that on foot, and visit a record-setting 75 communities from Kittery to Madawaska. The tour will visit every Maine county for the sixth consecutive year. At each of the 84 credit union branches Davis visits, she will pick up a contribution from the Campaign as a way to support her cause. This year, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will also make a $110 donation to a food pantry in each of the 75 communities that Davis visits. The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will contribute 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 $3.9 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 has been designated as Ending Hunger month.