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):
Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry, Auburn
Greene Baptist Church, Greene
Notre Dame Du Mont Carmel Parish, Madawaska
GIFT Grace Interfaith Food Pantry, Presque Isle
Sebago Warming Hut, Sebago
Casco Village Church United Church of Christ, Casco
Wilton Areas Food Pantry, Wilton
Clearwater Ministries, Industry
H.O.M.E. INC., Orland
Loaves & Fishes-Food Pantry, Ellsworth
Vassalboro Food Station Pantry, Vassalboro
Faith Christian Church, Gardiner
Union Church of Vinalhaven, Vinalhaven
Come Spring Food Pantry, Union
St. Denis Full Gospel Food Pantry, Whitefield
Waldoboro Food Pantry, Waldoboro
Brownfield Food Pantry, Brownfield
Bethel Area District Exchange & Food Pantry, Bethel
Howland United Methodist Church, Howland
Clifton United Baptist Church, Clifton
UMC Ecumenical Food Cupboard, Milo
Partnership Food Pantry of Guilford, Guilford
Bath Area Food Bank, Bath
Richmond Food Pantry, Richmond
Fairfield Inter-Faith Pantry, Inc, Fairfield
Calvary Pentecostal Food Pantry, Madison
Neighbor’s Cupboard, Inc., Winterport
Northport Food Pantry, Lincolnville
Whiting Community Food Bank, Dennysville
Greater Eastport Ecumenical Churches Association, Inc., Eastport
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.