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Maine’s Credit Unions ‘Share the Bread’ With Food Pantries In Every Maine County

Lewis Dyer (c) of UMC Ecumenical Food Pantry in Guilfrod, accepts a loaf of bread and the other kind of bread, a check for $500, from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger at the Campaign’s Annual ‘Share the Bread’ event.  Clara Whitney, Communications and Advocacy Manager for Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, are pictured with Dyer.  The UMC Ecumenical Food Pantry was one of two food pantries in Piscataquis County to receive contributions.  Two food pantries in each Maine county received contributions.
Lewis Dyer (c) of UMC Ecumenical Food Pantry in Guilfrod, accepts a loaf of bread and the other kind of bread, a check for $500, from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger at the Campaign’s Annual ‘Share the Bread’ event. Clara Whitney, Communications and Advocacy Manager for Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, are pictured with Dyer. The UMC Ecumenical Food Pantry was one of two food pantries in Piscataquis County to receive contributions. Two food pantries in each Maine county received contributions.
Posted Aug. 11, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.

Recently, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, which has raised $5.3 million since 1990 including a record-setting $513,000 in 2013, distributed $17,000 of those funds to 33 hunger organizations throughout the state.

This year marked the 10th Annual ‘Share the Bread’ event, one of the most-widespread, one-day contributions to ending hunger in Maine. ‘Share the Bread’ brings awareness to the issue of hunger in Maine, and the acute need for food for Maine’s 65,000 school children during summer vacation. The event was created by Maine’s credit unions to recognize the efforts of food pantries across the state and to provide significant financial assistance to food pantries in all 16 Maine counties.

According to Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Relations for the Maine Credit Union League, this event comes at a time when supplies at many food pantries are at critical levels. “When people think of summer in Maine, they usually think about taking vacations and being outdoors; helping the local food pantry is often the furthest thing from their minds at this time of year. Sadly, summer is a hungry time for Mainers just like any other time of the year, except it doesn’t get the same attention as it does around the holidays. With another month or so of school vacation remaining, help is needed right now for many of the 65,000 children across Maine who are currently on summer vacation and may not have access to the same meals that are provided during the school year. That’s why we are trying to help. Hopefully, others will be encouraged to help, as well.”

Representatives from two food pantries in each of Maine’s eight northernmost counties received two types of bread—the bread you can have with butter and the bread that can buy groceries. Each food pantry received a $500 check from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. The bread giving started in the morning with a ceremony at Maine Credit Union League in Westbrook for the eight southernmost Maine counties. Additionally the Good Shepherd Food Bank also received a total of $1,000 during the day.

The following food pantries received donations (listed alphabetically by county):

Androscoggin

Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry, Auburn

Greene Baptist Church, Greene

Aroostook

Notre Dame Du Mont Carmel Parish, Madawaska

GIFT Grace Interfaith Food Pantry, Presque Isle

Cumberland

Sebago Warming Hut, Sebago

Casco Village Church United Church of Christ, Casco

Franklin

Wilton Areas Food Pantry, Wilton

Clearwater Ministries, Industry

Hancock

H.O.M.E. INC., Orland

Loaves & Fishes-Food Pantry, Ellsworth

Kennebec

Vassalboro Food Station Pantry, Vassalboro

Faith Christian Church, Gardiner

Knox

Union Church of Vinalhaven, Vinalhaven

Come Spring Food Pantry, Union

Lincoln

St. Denis Full Gospel Food Pantry, Whitefield

Waldoboro Food Pantry, Waldoboro

Oxford

Brownfield Food Pantry, Brownfield

Bethel Area District Exchange & Food Pantry, Bethel

Penobscot

Howland United Methodist Church, Howland

Clifton United Baptist Church, Clifton

Piscataquis

UMC Ecumenical Food Cupboard, Milo

Partnership Food Pantry of Guilford, Guilford

Sagadahoc

Bath Area Food Bank, Bath

Richmond Food Pantry, Richmond

Somerset

Fairfield Inter-Faith Pantry, Inc, Fairfield

Calvary Pentecostal Food Pantry, Madison

Waldo

Neighbor’s Cupboard, Inc., Winterport

Northport Food Pantry, Lincolnville

Washington

Whiting Community Food Bank, Dennysville

Greater Eastport Ecumenical Churches Association, Inc., Eastport

York

Old Orchard Beach Community Food Pantry, Old Orchard Beach

Hollis Center Baptist Church, Hollis Center

Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised $5.3 million to help end hunger in Maine.

About the Maine Credit Union League

Formed in 1938, the Maine Credit Union League is the State Trade Association for Maine’s 61 credit unions and 641,000 members, providing a variety of services and products to assist credit unions in meeting the needs of their membership. For more information, visit www.mainecul.org.

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