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February 14, 2019

Maine credit unions raise over $792K to end hunger

Courtesy / Maine Credit Union League
Courtesy / Maine Credit Union League
Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, speaks about the impact of childhood hunger in Maine during Tuesday’s celebration in Freeport concluding the Maine Credit Union League’s 2018 Campaign for Ending Hunger. Maine’s 55 credit unions raised $792,900 in the effort.

Credit unions from across Maine gathered in Freeport on Tuesday to celebrate the conclusion of the Maine Credit Union League's 2018 Campaign for Ending Hunger. The initiative, backed by all of Maine's 55 credit unions raised $792,900 — $52,000 more than the amount raised in 2017.

All money raised by the campaign stays in Maine and supports food banks, pantries, nonprofits and schools. Some 285 organizations received financial support last year as part of the effort.

Tuesday's event also recognized the state's top individual credit union fundraisers:

  • Maine State Credit Union in Augusta was the top credit union fundraiser, raising more than $83,000.
  • Gardiner Federal Credit Union in Gardiner was awarded first place for highest per-member contributions.

"I am incredibly proud of the contributions each of our credit unions makes to our Ending Hunger initiative," said Todd Mason, president and CEO of the Maine Credit Union League. "This year, 100% of Maine's credit unions contributed in some capacity to this important effort. Whether it was dollars raised, time volunteered, or both, Maine's credit unions proved once again that they are committed to serving their communities and helping feed people in need."

Justin Alfond, treasurer and secretary of Full Plates Full Potential and Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, spoke at the event. Both discussed the impact of childhood hunger in Maine and highlighted ways the state's credit union network can continue helping feed those in need.

Since 1990, the Maine Credit Union League's Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised more than $8 million. Fundraising efforts for 2019 are already underway.

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