BREWER, Maine (12/6/10)--The ninth annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour was the largest yet, with a record-setting 72 communities visited during the month-long trek and $30,000 collected to end hunger in Maine. The campaign, which has raised and distributed more than $3.5 million since 1990, is sponsored in partnership with Cross Roads Ministries, an Old Town-Maine based hunger agency, to cover the state on foot to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in Maine (Bangor Daily News Dec. 2). During the walk, Brenda Davis, executive director of Cross Roads Ministries, traveled statewide focusing attention on the severity of hunger exists in Maine, with 13% of the state’s population identified as food insecure. Davis began her month long journey Nov. 4 in Augusta. She visited food pantries, hunger organizations and credit unions in each town she visited. At each credit union, Davis picked up a contribution from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger as a way to support her cause. The campaign contributed more than $7,200 to food pantries throughout Maine. All told, Davis visited 79 credit unions and picked up campaign contributions totaling nearly $30,000 When she finished at Brewer FCU in Brewer on Thursday, Jon Paradise, government and public affairs manager for the Maine Credit Union League, presented Davis with a $1,572 check from the league--1,500 for the approximate the number of miles Davis covered (by foot and car) and 72 for the number of communities she visited.