Food drives in Maine receive strong support from Maine's credit unions

November 18, 2016

From the St. John River Valley in Aroostook County and Bangor to Augusta/Waterville and Greater Portland, Maine's credit unions are one of the strongest supporters of the state's largest food drives once again this year.  In November, the four food drives will collectively raise food and funds that will provide hundreds of thousands of meals.

"November is National Homelessness and Poverty Month, so a lot of attention is focused on this issue.  In Maine, this is a significant issue with one in four Maine children identified as hungry, and 15% of the overall population not knowing where their next meal is going to come from.  The food drives not only raise funds but raise awareness so the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger has been committed to supporting the four, major food drives for many years now," explained Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League.

Paradise said that the Campaign is providing nearly $15,000 to the four food drives, as well as taking to the airwaves across Maine to highlight the issue.  The support is definitely appreciated.  Randy McCoy, Co-Host of The Morning Bee which airs on B-98.5 in Augusta/Waterville, called the support from Maine's credit unions for his 'Tanksgiving' Food Drive "exceptional.  Maine's credit unions have been with us since the beginning, and it means a lot."  Chuck Igo, Co-Host of The Morning Show on Rewind 100.9 in Portland, agreed, adding, "The generosity of credit unions in supporting the 'Stuff the Bus' Food Drive is incredible.  It really means a lot to the community."

Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised $6.5 million including a record-setting $623,000 in 2015.  To make a tax-deductible contribution, please email here for details on how, or stop by a local credit union.