Frontline workers at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford show off some of the pizza provided by Town & Country FCU as a ‘thank you’ to start the New Year. The credit union purchased hundreds of meals for frontline workers at Maine Medical Center and Southern Maine Medical Center. Courtesy of Southern Maine Medical Center

SCARBOROUGH — If ever the phrase, “Out with the old and in with the new,” was applicable, it is when combined with the year 2020. To mark the end of a challenging year for so many people and to ring in 2021 with a new beginning, Town & Country Federal Credit Union’s ‘Local Helping Local’ initiative is provided hundreds of New Year’s meals to frontline healthcare workers including those working with COVID patients at Maine Medical Center in Portland and Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. The credit union partnered with local businesses to have the meals prepared and delivered safely to both facilities according to all health protocols.

“Our healthcare workers have done extraordinary work throughout the pandemic and, with COVID cases and hospitalizations continuing to increase in Maine, they are under even more pressure. We are so grateful for the resolve and compassion that our frontline healthcare workers demonstrate day after day. We wanted to recognize not only what they do but thank them for doing it and to reflect the hope that a new year brings. Additionally, the meals were purchased from local restaurants so it also was a way to support them, too,” remarked Jon Paradise, senior vice president of communications, marketing and community outreach at Town & Country.

Throughout the pandemic, Town & Country has assisted thousands of members with financial challenges through loan deferments, fee refunds and much more. In addition, the credit union has contributed thousands of dollars and resources in support of nonprofits, local businesses, frontline healthcare workers, educators and other community organizations and services through its “Local Helping Local” initiative.

“We anticipate that financial challenges for our members, local businesses, organizations and our communities will continue for the foreseeable future so we remain committed and focused on helping in any way that we can. It’s who we are and what we do,” added David Libby, president and CEO of the credit union.

As Maine’s second largest credit union with nearly 40,000 members, Town & Country is a full-service financial institution offering a wide range of financial products and services to people who live, work, go to school or worship in Cumberland and York Counties. The credit union has $455 million in assets, and is part of the second largest branch network in the country. To learn more, visit www.tcfcu.com.