Credit union helps area pantries keep food on the shelves

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff
Posted April 03, 2012, at 12:48 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Nine area food pantries will share in approximately $14,000 raised by the Bangor Federal Credit Union as part of the Ending Hunger Campaign.

Receiving $1,000 awards at a ceremony Tuesday at the credit union’s Brewer branch were Safe Place Community Center food cupboard, Corinth; Hope House, Bangor; Eastern Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels, Bangor; Crossroads Ministries, Old Town; Brewer Christian Food Cupboard, Brewer; Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Hermon; Maine Mental Health Connections Food Cupboard, Bangor; and Family Food Pantry, Carmel. Good Shepherd Food-Bank, which has a distribution center in Brewer, received $6,060. Kristy Danielson and Jessica Farley of Bangor Federal Credit Union presented the awards.

Danielson said the funds were raised through bake sales, raffles, bottle drives and dress-down days on which credit union employees made a donation for the privilege of wearing casual clothing.

Last month the Bangor Federal Credit Union launched a new way to raise funds, Danielson said. It offers for purchase 12 ounces of premium blend coffee, CU in the Morning, blended especially for the credit union by Savage and Sons of Bangor.

“The fundraising and activities committee [at the credit union] were trying to think of something new to raise funds besides bake sales and bottle drives,” Danielson said. The cost of the bag of coffee is $11 and all proceeds are earmarked for the Ending Hunger Campaign. The coffee is available at Bangor Federal Credit Union’s branches in Bangor and Brewer. “No one else has it,” Danielson said.

The coffee is available at Bangor Federal Credit Union branches at 6 Dirigo Drive in Brewer, and at 339 Hogan Road and 601 Hammond St. in Bangor.

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