Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger Focuses on Food Insecurity Among Seniors

May 5, 2016

As part of May’s designation as National Older Americans Month, Maine’s credit unions are focusing on the issue of senior hunger in Maine by partnering with the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Meals on Wheels. According to a recent report, Maine’s food insecurity rate among seniors is growing. Approximately 16.2 percent of Maine households are food insecure, earning the state the ranking of 12th in the nation and 1st in New England for food insecurity. When it comes to Maine’s older residents, a reported 23 percent of the state’s seniors experience marginal, low or very low food security.

Since the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger began in 1990, Maine’s credit unions have raised and distributed over $6.5 million to hunger organizations and food pantries throughout the state. In 2015, Maine CUs’ Campaign for Ending Hunger raised a record-setting $623,000 towards the fight to end hunger.

On May 24, the Maine CUs’ Campaign for Ending Hunger will distribute $500 each to the five Area Agencies on Aging Meals on Wheels programs, which provides nutritious meals to Mainers age 60 and older in need.

“Food insecurity affects Mainers of all ages, and the Meals on Wheels program is designed to alleviate some of the physical and emotional challenges that nearly a quarter of Maine’s seniors face every day,” said Jon Paradise, VP of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League. “The Area Agencies on Aging’s food assistance programs provide consistent meals and friendly visits that many older Mainers have come to count on. We are delighted to support these efforts again this year.”

The morning check presentation will take place at the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging headquarters at the Spectrum Generations’ Hallowell location and be attended by Jessica Maurer, Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, as well as representatives from the five Meals on Wheels programs.

Find out more about the Maine CUs’ Campaign for Ending Hunger here or to make a tax-deductible contribution. 100% of all of the money raised by credit unions stays in Maine and goes directly to the cause of ending hunger.