Credit union gathering celebrates fifth year of fighting Maine hunger

Posted Nov. 16, 2010, at 11:24 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Officials from the Maine Credit Union Campaign for Ending Hunger, in partnership with Good Shepherd Food-Bank, gathered Tuesday at Good Shepherd’s distribution center on Stevens Road to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Maine’s first and only “Food Mobile.”

The food mobile is a truck that has distributed more than 1 million pounds of food to families in need since 2005.

“The mobile is sent throughout the state,” Jon Paradise, governmental and public affairs manager for the Maine Credit Union League, said just before the gathering. “It goes to rural locations and is often going to emergency situations.”

For example, the food mobile was dispatched to Aroostook County two years ago when the St. John River flooded the region.

It provided the “first food supplies on the ground when there was flooding in the Saint John Valley,” Paradise said.

In addition to Tuesday’s ceremony, which was held to coincide with Thanksgiving, the Maine Credit Union Campaign for Ending Hunger also gave a $1,600 donation, which will be used to purchase 131 13-pound turkeys for the hungry.

“The food pantry will deliver them to families who need them,” Paradise said.

Since 1990, the Maine Credit Union Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised more than $3.5 million to help end hunger in Maine.

“One hundred percent of the money raised stays in Maine and goes directly to the cause of ending hunger,” Paradise said in an e-mail.

Brenda Davis, executive director of Crossroads Ministries in Old Town, has already set out on her ninth annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour.

“She’s on the road,” Paradise said.

The walking tour, which aims to increase awareness of the problem of hunger in Maine, is held each November, which is Ending Hunger Month.

This year’s walk officially began at the beginning of this month and will conclude with a ceremony at the Brewer Federal Credit Union on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Those interested in more information can visit the Maine Credit Union League’s website at pmainecul.org.

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