July 16, 2019
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UCU campaign takes major bite out of student hunger

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USM Food Pantry L-R: Alex Carrier, USM Coordinator of Student Activities; Madeleine Lutts, USM Graduate Assistant, Commuter Student Services & Food Pantry; Steph Beck, UCU AVP of Marketing; Maddy Gray, UCU Branch Manager; Matt Walsh, UCU President/CEO. USM Food Pantry L-R: Alex Carrier, USM Coordinator of Student Activities; Madeleine Lutts, USM Graduate Assistant, Commuter Student Services & Food Pantry; Steph Beck, UCU AVP of Marketing; Maddy Gray, UCU Branch Manager; Matt Walsh, UCU President/CEO.

ORONO — In the second year of its annual Ending Hunger on Campus Campaign to bring attention to food insecurity among Maine college students, University Credit Union raised $25,119.62 for eight self-funded food pantries within the University of Maine System ─ more than triple what the credit union raised in the first year of its campaign.

Through the month of December, UCU campaigned around the state, meeting with campus food pantry volunteers and engaging with the media to raise awareness of the issue and inspire donations to the cause, which UCU matched dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $25,000. Donors could elect a specific campus food pantry to receive their donation.

In January, UCU presented campus food pantry staff with the following donations:

  • $8,725.46 to the Black Bear Exchange at the University of Maine in Orono; assists 25 people per week
  • $5,116.38 to the USM Food Pantry at the University of Southern Maine in Portland; assists 20 people per day
  • $3,396 to the Thrifty Beaver Pantry at the University of Maine at Farmington; assists 15 people per week
  • $3,459.78 to the UMPI Emergency Food Pantry at the University of Maine at Presque Isle; assists 20 people per month
  • $1,622 to the UMA Community Cupboard at the University of Maine at Augusta; assists 15 people per week
  • $1,200 to the Bengal’s Outreach Food Pantry at the University of Maine at Fort Kent; assists 30 people per month
  • $800 to Food for Thought at the University of Maine at Augusta; assists 20 people per week
  • $800 to the UMM F.O.O.D. Club at the University of Maine at Machias; assists 30 people per week

“Our number one goal has been to build a momentum of support for campus food pantries, which rely entirely on their own fundraising and volunteers to operate,” said Matthew Walsh, president and CEO of UCU. “These pantries meet an incredibly important need and deserve our ongoing support.”

For more information on UCU’s Ending Hunger on Campus in Maine campaign, visit www.ucu.maine.edu/endinghungeroncampus/.

About University Credit Union
Established on the University of Maine campus in 1967, University Credit Union is an innovative, full-service financial institution with a mission to actively advance the financial well-being of our members in every stage of their lives. UCU is the seventh largest credit union in Maine in terms of total assets and the fifth largest in terms of total members. UCU has eight retail locations across the state serving the University of Maine System students, employees, and alumni and their families primarily. Branches are located in Orono, Bangor, Farmington, Gorham, Portland, and Presque Isle. For more information visit ucu.maine.edu.