Credit Unions have lots of 'spirit' to end hunger

March 4, 2016

For the third consecutive year, Maine's credit unions partnered with WGME CBS 13, FOX 23 and Good Shepherd Food Bank to present the Winter School Spirit Challenge.  At the School Spirit Challenge Finale on Friday, March 4, at WGME's studios, Maine's credit unions helped to announce the winning school, and recognize all seven of the high schools that participated this year.  The results are impressive as the schools collectively raised nearly a half a million lbs. of food.

The winning school was Gray-New Gloucester High School, who collected nearly 92,000 lbs. of food, with Maranacook High School of Readfield second, and Lisbon High School of Lisbon third.  All seven schools that participated in the Challenge, which took place in January and February, were recognized and honored for their efforts at a live, on-air celebration event at WGME. 

Jon Paradise, Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, talked about the Challenge and the importance of ending hunger to Maine's credit unions on the air.  "Maine's credit unions are about helping their communities, and the School Spirit Challenge brings communities together to help end hunger.  We're pleased to be a part of it as it builds excitement, enthusiasm and awareness about the issue of hunger in Maine, and gets our young people involved.  Obviously, hunger is a big issue in Maine, and Maine's credit unions have been leaders in raising money for this cause.  Since 1990, Maine's credit unions have raised more than $6.5 million to help end hunger in Maine including a record-setting $623,000 in 2015."

Jeff Peterson, Anchor for WGME CBS 13 and FOX 23, agreed, adding, "Hunger is something that credit unions in Maine do a lot for, and we're pleased to have them supporting this effort year after year."

In addition to Good Shepherd Food Bank presenting the School Spirit Challenge Cup to the winning school, Maine's credit unions presented a check for $1,000 to support the winning school's Financial Education and Literacy programs.  "Financial education is another cause and issue that Maine's credit unions actively support, so the Challenge brings two very important causes together - hunger and financial education.  We are pleased to present this check to help Gray-New Gloucester High School expand financial literacy resources for their students."