Maine’s Credit Unions' Contribution Provides Amount Needed For York County Food Rescue Program To Access Additional Contribution And Remain Open

October 7, 2014

In response to the pleas from the York County Food Rescue Program for funds to remain open, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has announced that it will contribute $2,000 to the Program.  The $2,000 contribution means that the York County Food Rescue Program will now receive an additional $2,500 donation pledged by an anonymous donor.  
The Food Rescue Program has no shortage of food to distribute to the many pantries in York County that rely on it but recently announced a major shortfall in funds needed to distribute the food that, if not fixed, would force the Program to close.  The $2,000 contribution means the Food Rescue Program will continue to operate through the holiday season and beyond.
John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League, which helps credit unions to coordinate the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, said, “After seeing news articles of the Program’s plight, Maine credit unions were again able to come together and distribute funds raised through the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger.  Many food pantries in York County count on the Program for food so its closure would mark a major crisis for many who provide food to the thousands of people in York County who otherwise would go hungry.  As this demonstrates, the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people’ is not just about financial services but about helping those in need.”  
When told of the contribution, Jodi Bissonnette of the York County Food Rescue Program expressed her “gratitude for the generosity of Maine’s credit unions.  This is just wonderful.  I can’t thank Maine’s credit unions enough for recognizing our need and coming through with this significant contribution.  This makes such a difference to many people and organizations who we provide food to.  Thank you so much to Maine’s credit unions.”
Each year, nearly all of Maine’s credit unions participate in the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger.  Since 1990, when this collective effort began, Maine's credit unions have raised and distributed $5.3 million to help end hunger in Maine.