BREWER, Maine — The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger announced that it has raised more than $4.3 million since 1990, including $447,000 in 2011, and distributed $17,000 of those funds on June 11.
To bring awareness to the issue of hunger in Maine and the need for food for Maine’s 80,000 school children during summer vacation, the annual Share the Bread event was created by Maine’s credit unions to recognize the efforts of food pantries across the state and to provide financial assistance to food pantries in every Maine county.
Representatives from two food pantries in each of Maine’s eight northern-most counties received two types of bread — the kind used for toast and the kind used to buy food with a check for $500 from the campaign in a ceremony at the Good Shepherd Food-Bank Brewer Distribution Center. A similar ceremony was held with representatives from food pantries in Maine’s eight southernmost counties at Good Shepherd Food-Bank Portland Warehouse, where bread and checks were presented to 16 more food pantries.
Good Shepherd Food-Bank also received a total of $1,000 during the day.
Luke Labbe, chairman of the Maine Credit Union League social responsibility committee, said that Share the Bread was created to increase the amount of food available to Maine communities and to bring attention to an issue afflicting many Mainers.
Receiving donations were:
Aroostook County: Wytopitlock Food Pantry, Ashland Food Pantry.
Hancock County: Emmaus Center Food Pantry, Ellsworth; H.O.M.E. Co-Op Food Pantry, Orland.
Knox County: Come Spring Food Pantry, Union; Vinalhaven Food Pantry.
Penobscot County: Linda’s Food Cupboard, LaGrange; Clifton Community Food Bank.
Piscataquis County: Partnership Food Pantry, Greenville; UMC Ecumenical Food Cupboard, Milo.
Somerset County: Marantha Assembly Church, Anson; Loving Caring Hands Food Pantry, Fairfield.
Waldo County: Neighbors Cupboard, Winterport; Crossroads Food Pantry, Morrill.
Washington County: Town of Danforth Food Pantry; Labor of Love Food Pantry, Eastport.