Maine CUs’ Campaign for Ending Hunger
Maine People Helping Maine People
$7.2 million raised since 1990
The Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger is a 501(c)(3), which means all contributions are Tax-Deductible! 2017 marks the 28th year of the Campaign!
A new Record! Maine CUs' raised $674,193.48 in 2016!
2017 Offerings! Castine Candles, Wooden Roses, and CDs are just a few of the items that are on sale at many credit unions across Maine. To purchase any directly, please contact Megan Bagdasarian at the Maine Credit Union League.
Each year, nearly all of Maine's credit unions participate in the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger. Since 1990, the year that this collective effort began, Maine's credit unions have raised and distributed more than $7.2 million to help end hunger in Maine.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Campaign, please visit your local Maine Credit Union, or mail a contribution and make checks payable:
Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger
ATTN: 2017 Campaign
PO Box 1236
Portland ME 04104
(Receipts for contributions of $50 or more will be automatically provided)
How the Ending Hunger Campaign works
Participating credit unions raise funds for the Campaign at various times throughout the year. However, the primary period of fundraising is in the fall from September - December.
- All money raised is distributed to hunger organizations and food pantries throughout Maine.
- 100% of all of the money raised by credit unions stays in Maine and goes directly to the cause of ending hunger. All administrative costs are covered by the Maine CU League's Social Responsibility Committee.
- The month of November is designated as ending hunger month in Maine and Maine's credit unions are usually involved in a variety of food drives and fundraising activities for ending hunger.
Statistics on Hunger in Maine
- More than 40% of Maine kids under the age of 12 show some evidence of hunger
- 68,950 Maine children are food insecure
- New data shows that 15% of Maine households, representing 200,000 people, experience food insecurity. Maine ranks 13th in the nation in food insecurity and first in New England. In addition, a new report from the Good Shepherd Food Bank found that nearly 40,000 people a week were being provided with food assistance from one of its 640 member agencies. This is double what was originally estimated.
- Hunger and the risk of hunger are widespread among Maine's low-income families with children
- The likelihood of experiencing hunger or the risk of hunger is directly related to income
- Children living in households which experienced hunger or the risk of hunger are more likely to experience health or school-related problems.
- Several groups are found to be at greater risk of hunger in Maine; children, adults in low income families, disabled persons, persons with special needs, the elderly, those living in rural regions and the inner cities of Maine's largest urban places.
- Several factors contribute to hunger in Maine; including income growth that is outpaced by cost of living; high level of underemployment; widening gap between rich and poor; illiteracy; and lack of consumer information on nutrition.