Rita Losee hopes to lift $ 50,000 for Good Shepherd Meals Financial institution.
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Mainer, 78, is taking his age to new heights.
“Individuals do not must do what I do,” Rita Losee mentioned. “What I would like them to do is be capable of take a look at me and say, ‘Hmmm, I’m wondering what I can do.’
Losee, 78, walks 400 miles in hopes of elevating $ 50,000 for the Good Shepherd Meals Financial institution in Auburn.
“There are numerous folks on this state, each young and old, who’re meals insecure, so it is vitally vital that we offer enough meals for folks,” Losee mentioned.
The Good Shepherd Meals Financial institution just lately mentioned that presently final yr, there have been 180,000 Predominant residents who wanted extra meals. This yr, that quantity is anticipated to rise to 215,000.
“COVID-19 has actually caused a higher want,” mentioned Robin McCarthy of the Good Shepherd Meals Financial institution. “A lot of our companions throughout the state report seeing extra folks, folks they’ve by no means seen earlier than needing meals.”
The meals financial institution mentioned $ 50,000 would assist purchase meals to feed almost 1,800 households for every week, or it might purchase greater than 130,000 kilos of contemporary produce.
“It might probably have a long-term influence reasonably than simply placing meals on somebody’s desk right now. It might probably go a good distance in addressing the long-term root causes of starvation in our state,” McCarthy mentioned.
Losee, from Brunswick, mentioned he has at all times favored mountaineering. He plans to stroll 5 miles a day till the tip of March.
“I really like being outdoors. I really like being lively,” Losee mentioned.
His different aim is to get folks his age on the market and transferring, what he mentioned is extra vital now than ever.
“I take a look at a few of my highschool classmates or folks in my age group who’re on the grocery retailer and may barely transfer. And I stroll like I did after I was 30,” Losee mentioned.
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