A Holiday Gift From Maine's Credit Unions Will Provide More Than 30,000 Meals

December 18, 2015

On Friday, December, 18, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger in partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank celebrated the 10th anniversary of Maine’s first “Food Mobile,” at the Food Bank’s Brewer Distribution Center. To mark the occasion, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger made a contribution of $7,500, which is just a portion of the record-setting $552,257 raised in the 2014 campaign.
Collectively, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger contribution of $7,500 will provide over 30,000 holiday meals to Maine families in addition to supporting the Food Mobile to ensure Maine’s most in need and underserved families will have continued access to food. The Food Mobile is specifically designed to transport food across great distances at safe temperatures delivering a mix of frozen, refrigerated, and dry grocery goods.

While the contribution will help the Food Mobile make deliveries throughout Maine, a portion of the funds donated will help food pantries in the Bangor/Brewer area provide meals to needy families during the holidays.  “This contribution comes at a time when many food pantries are having a tough time keeping their shelves stocked, and many families are having to choose between food and gifts.  It’s very difficult especially for families with small children.  We appreciate our partnership with Maine’s credit unions; they are true leaders in the cause of ending hunger in Maine,” remarked Melissa Huston, Director of Philanthropy at Good Shepherd.  

In announcing the contribution, Jon Paradise, VP of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, which provides support coordinating the Maine Cus’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, remarked, “Hunger does not take a holiday, and it’s important that we remember that.  This contribution is about ‘giving’ help to others in the spirit of this time of year.  Maine credit unions are about not just providing financial services to their communities and members, but about making a difference in their communities.  This contribution reflects that commitment.”
In 2014, the Food Mobile hit the road over 160 times, delivered an unprecedented 840,000 pounds of food and covered every county in the state. Since its inception in 2005, the Food Mobile has distributed over 4.8 million pounds of food throughout the state.
Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised over $5.9 million to help end hunger in Maine.