To Fight Summertime Hunger, Maine Credit Unions 'Share the Bread' With Food Pantries In Every Maine County

August 6, 2015

On Tuesday, August 4, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, which has raised $5.9 million since 1990 including a record-setting $552,257 in 2014, distributed over $20,000 of those funds to 33 hunger organizations throughout the state.  Food pantries in every Maine county received a contribution, along with Good Shepherd Food Bank, which serves more than 90% of the hunger organizations in the state.
This year marked the 11th Annual ‘Share the Bread’ event, one of the most-widespread, one-day contributions to ending hunger in Maine. ‘Share the Bread’ aims to bring awareness to the issue of hunger in Maine, and the acute need for food for Maine’s 65,000 school children during summer vacation. The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger started this initiative to recognize the efforts of food pantries across the state and to provide significant financial assistance to food pantries in all 16 Maine counties during a time of year that hunger organizations struggle with contributions and shortages.
According to Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Relations for the Maine Credit Union League, this event comes at a time when supplies at many food pantries are at critical levels. “When people think of summer in Maine, they usually think about taking vacations and being outdoors; helping the local food pantry is often the furthest thing from their minds at this time of year.  Sadly, summer is a hungry time for Mainers just like any other time of the year, except it doesn’t get the same attention as it does around the holidays. With another month or so of school vacation remaining, help is needed right now for many of the 65,000 children across Maine who are currently on summer vacation and may not have access to the same meals that are provided during the school year. That’s why we are trying to help. Hopefully, others will be encouraged to help, as well.”
Representatives from two food pantries in each of Maine’s sixteen counties received two types of bread—the bread you can have with butter and the bread that can buy you groceries. Each food pantry received a $600 check from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. The bread giving started in the morning with a ceremony at Maine Credit Union League in Westbrook for the eight southernmost Maine counties. Additionally the Good Shepherd Food Bank also received a $1,000 donation for their efforts to end hunger across the state.
Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised $5.9 million to help end hunger in Maine.  100% of all funds raised go directly to the cause, and stay in Maine.