AUGUSTA — The seventh annual Walk to Stop Hunger, sponsored by the Maine State Credit Union, was held April 28 at the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Capitol Park.

The event attracted more than 380 walkers and more than $34,000 was raised to benefit ending hunger programs across Kennebec and Somerset counties, according to a news release.

“Even in this time of economic uncertainty, the people of our community reached into their hearts and wallets to support this worthwhile cause helping to exceed our hopes and expectations for this year’s event,” said Normand Dubreuil, president and CEO of Maine State Credit Union. “Our thanks go out to the volunteers, community members and local businesses who donated their talents, time and resources to make the 2012 Walk such a success.”

Participants of all ages took part in the walk as well as representatives from local churches, credit unions, and food banks. Several local organizations and individuals donated time, products or services to support the event.

Tina Charest, an Augusta area vocalist, sang the national anthem and Normand Dubreuil, Nancy Haines and Mary Whelan of the Augusta Food Bank kicked off the walk with opening remarks.

The money raised from the walk will be distributed to hunger organizations in Kennebec and Somerset Counties through the Maine Credit Union’s Campaign for Ending Hunger network.

The Campaign for Ending Hunger was developed by the Maine Credit Union League as a way to create a statewide social responsibility program to help end hunger in Maine. Since 1990, MSCU and other Maine credit unions have raised over $4 million for this cause. The Augusta-based Maine State Credit Union has been providing members with competitive rates, diverse product offerings, and superior service since 1935.

Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Kennebec and Somerset counties, or is employed by the state of Maine.

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