Two Maine CUs hope others race to help end hunger

April 18, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, Maine State CU and a number of area CUs and friends will hit the Kennebec River Trail to raise funds for the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger.  The Feed ME 5K Run will start at 8 a.m., and the Walk begins at 9:30 a.m., both begin and end in Capitol Park in Augusta.  To register for either the Walk or Run, click here.  "Over the years, this event has become such a significant part of raising funds and bringing the community together to help end hunger.  Since local CUs that participate receive their contributions as part of their total, we see a number of staff and officials from other credit unions participate, which highlights the fact that this event is a cooperative event," remarked Stacy Dow of Maine State CU, who helps to organize the event each year.

On Saturday, May 20, York County FCU will debut its inaugural Run to End Hunger 5K Walk and Run, in coordination with the York County Shelter Programs, at the Shelter's campus on Shaker Hill Road in Alfred.  The event begins at 9 a.m.  To register, please click here.  "As a committed community partner, we are excited to team up with York County Shelter Programs for our first 5K,” said Erin Jones, the chair of the Ending Hunger Committee at York County FCU. “Their food programs support folks all over York County, and we’re ready to rise to the challenge of raising money to ensure these programs help everyone who needs them.”

Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, which helps to provide support and coordination for the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger, said that it is "wonderful to see more credit unions holding events that get the community involved in the effort, and to highlight the commitment of credit unions to this cause."

Since 1990, the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised $7.5 million to help end hunger in Maine including a record-setting $675,000 in 2016.