Maine’s Credit Unions Highlight Hunger Among Seniors During National Older Awareness Month


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Representatives from Maine's Meals on Wheels' Programs are joined by Diana Dionne (c) of the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger for a special presentation to help fight hunger among older Mainers.

On Thursday, May 16, the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger, which has raised and contributed more than $4.8 million to help end hunger in Maine since 1990 including a record-setting $471,000 in 2012, distributed some of those funds in the form of five checks for $300 each to the Agencies on Aging Meals on Wheels' programs in Maine in recognition of National Older Americans Month in Maine.

The presentation took place at the Spectrum Generations' Hallowell location, which serves as the headquarters of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, where the funds were presented to a representative from each agency before the food delivery vans left to make the day's visits.

The five agencies, which combined serve the entire state, include: Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging, which services Cumberland and York counties; Seniors Plus, which serves Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties; Spectrum Generations, which serves Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo counties; Eastern Area Agency on Aging, which serves Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Hancock counties; and the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, which serves Aroostook County.
"This donation helps meet a need that is not felt just this month, but throughout the year," Jon Paradise, AVP of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, explained.  "With more than ten percent of seniors in our state experiencing food insecurity, this is a problem that demands our attention every day of the year."  
Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country. Each May, Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.
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 $4.8 million to help end hunger in Maine.