Loss Of Food Donation Program Prompts Maine CUs' To Respond With Contribution To Major Hunger Organization

December 11, 2015

In response to the recent announcement that a major supermarket chain would be ending its food donation program (except in the Brunswick area), a move that significantly impacts one of the state's largest food programs coordinated by Preble Street Resource Center in Portland, the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger has announced that it will make a $4,000 contribution to assist Preble Street during a critical time. The Campaign, which has raised $5.9 million since 1990 including a record-setting $552,000 in 2014, is delivering the contribution next week.

John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League, said, "When we heard this announcement, the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people' fueled our desire to help. On behalf of Maine's credit unions and the Campaign for Ending Hunger, we are pleased to make a contribution of $4,000 to Preble Street Resource Center, an agency that provides more than half a million meals annually. The timing of the announcement comes with the holiday season upon us, and winter fast approaching. The ability to make an immediate impact with a contribution to help fight hunger is something that Maine's Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger has been committed to doing for a long time, and we hope this contribution will cause others to do the same. We anticipate several individual credit unions with some remaining funds to distribute will be making similar contributions soon, as well."

According to research, which tracks the financial impact of monetary contributions to hunger, the $4,000 contribution will help Preble Street Resource Center provide more than 30,000 meals.

Since 1990, Maine's credit unions have raised and distributed more than $5.9 million to help end hunger in Maine. 100% of all funds raised go directly to the cause of ending hunger and stay in Maine. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Campaign, please visit a local credit union or click here.