JoAnn Pike's Legacy, Connection To Maine CUs Remembered At Special Ceremony

April 10, 2015

The long-standing relationship between JoAnn Pike, who founded the Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Maine's credit unions was remembered as part of a special evening in which the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger presented the 2015 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award.

As the 2014 recipient of this Award, the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger had the honor of presenting the 2015 Award.  At the event, which was held at the Good Shepherd Food Bank's Warehouse in Auburn, Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, remembered Pike as "a visionary and so passionate about the cause of ending hunger.  Maine's credit unions were one of the early supporters of Pike's efforts and have been leaders in ending hunger, along with Pike and Good Shepherd, for nearly three decades.  In fact, after JoAnn Pike passed away in 2004, the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger was one of the first organizations to make a contribution in her honor.  She was such a dynamic person, and we were so honored to receive the Award last year."

A number of the Food Bank's partners also attended, and Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd, praised JoAnn and her husband, Ray, for "getting this all started out of their home.  We have enough food to feed everyone; we must now choose to do that.  I appreciate the support of Maine's credit unions, and the many other partners we have in this endeavor."

Since 1990, the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised more than $5.9 million to help end hunger in Maine, including a record-setting $552,000 in 2014.