On Wednesday, November 1, the 5th annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour paid a visit to Westbrook with a stop at Infinity FCU and a contribution to ending hunger. At the credit union, the Tour made a contribution to the Westbrook Food Pantry. For the fifth consecutive year, Maine’s credit unions have partnered with Cross Roads Ministries, an Old Town-based hunger agency that serves thousands of Maine people, to cover the state of Maine on foot to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in Maine. In all, the Tour will visit a record 47 communities this year.

During the month of November, Brenda Davis, Executive Director of Cross Roads Ministries of Old Town, is traveling throughout the State from Madawaska to Kittery and will cover more than 1,200 miles and walk in each community she visits to bring awareness to the severity that hunger exists in Maine. Brenda is visiting food pantries, hunger organizations and credit unions in each town she visits. At each credit union, Brenda is picking up a contribution from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger as a way to support her cause. In addition, the Campaign is contributing nearly $5,000 to food pantries throughout Maine. A food pantry in each community that Brenda visits will receive a $100 contribution. The Walk, which is expected to encompass between 600-700 miles on foot, will conclude with a special ceremony in Old Town on Monday, November 27, 2006.

She began her month-long journey on Monday, October 30, in South Portland. In all, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has pledged to contribute more than $20,000 to help end hunger in Maine through this year’s Ending Hunger Walking Tour.

In its first four years, Brenda has walked more than 2,000 miles to raise awareness for ending hunger and Maine’s credit unions have contributed $53,000 of the $60,000 that the Tour has raised for ending hunger.

Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised over $2 million to help end hunger in Maine.

For more information about the Tour and to track its progress, visit www.mainecul.org.

Nancy Pelletier of Infinity FCU presents a check to Brenda Davis and the cause of ending hunger from the Maine Credit Unions

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