Heroes Who Help Feed Mainers Honored By Maine CUs On 9/11

September 12, 2014

In recognition and remembrance of the anniversary of 9/11/01 and the important role that first responders provide on a daily basis, the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger again marked the occasion by distributing funds to the Emergency Food Relief Funds of the state's five Red Cross Chapters and to a food pantry in each Chapter.  The 9/11 'People Helping and Remembering People' event was held on September 11, at the 9/11 Memorial in Portland. 

Maine's credit unions started this event as a way to honor and recognize those that respond to those who are hungry as a result of a crisis.  Representatives from the five Red Cross Chapters in Maine received checks in the amount of $911.00, and a representative from five food pantries in Maine (one from each Chapter) received checks in the amount of $500.00.  The Red Cross funds will go to the Emergency Food Relief Funds that are utilized in a disaster, such as a fire, flood or any of the countless other events that occur during the year.  "When someone is involved in a disaster and their home is destroyed, it is difficult finding a place for them to stay, let alone having enough to eat or even the money to afford food.  We recognize that the Red Cross and Food Pantries in our state help individuals who face 'food emergencies' on a daily basis.  Many of these events happen out of the headlines and attention but represent a crisis to the people involved.  This is way of recognizing what they do, without turning people away, and the importance of their role," stated Jon Paradise, VP of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League.

Combined, the contribution in honor of 9/11 totaled $7,055, which will purchase approximately $91,000 worth of food through the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Since 1990, Maine's credit unions have raised $5.3 million to help end hunger in Maine including a record-setting $513,000 in 2013.  The funds distributed at this event are from the 2013 funds, and will impact individuals living in every Maine county in the year ahead.