Older Mainers Receive Assistance From Maine's Credit Unions

June 1, 2015

"The donation from the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger will, literally, keep the Meals On Wheels program 'on the road'," remarked Betsy Sawyer-Manter, Executive Director of Seniors Plus, one of the five agencies in Maine that operate the Meals on Wheels programs.  In honor of May being National Older Americans Month, Maine's credit unions made contributions to each of the Meals on Wheels' programs in Maine, the state that is ranked #1 in New England in senior hunger.

"Senior hunger is a significant issue in Maine and without Meals on Wheels programs, many seniors would go hungry.  Hunger knows no age as it is a problem that affects all demographics.  We appreciate the valuable resource that Meals on Wheels programs provide to Maine's older population, and are pleased to once again make contributions to the five Meals on Wheels program serving Maine," stated Jon Paradise, VP of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League.

Jessica Maurer, Executive Director of the Maine Association of the Area Agencies on Aging, called the support of Maine's credit unions not just with ending hunger but with elder financial abuse "critical to a segment of the population that is very vulnerable."

Representatives from all five Meals on Wheels programs attended the ceremony at the Spectrums Generation - Cohen Center in Hallowell, where the contributions were distributed.

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