Tuesday, July 16, 2013
On Monday, July 15, the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger, which raised a record-setting $471,000 in 2012, presented $17,000 of those funds, one of the largest, single-day contributions to multiple hunger organizations ever in Maine, to 33 hunger organizations throughout the state.
To bring awareness to the issue of hunger in Maine in the summer, and the acute need for food for Maine's 65,000 school children during summer vacation, the ninth annual 'Share the Bread' event was created by Maine's credit unions to recognize the efforts of food pantries across the state and to provide significant financial assistance to food pantries in every Maine county.
Representatives from two food pantries in each of Maine's sixteen counties received two types of bread: the kind used for toast, and the kind used to buy food, with a check for $500 from the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger. Good Shepherd Food-Bank also received a total of $1,000 during the day.
Jon Paradise, AVP, Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, said that 'Share the Bread' was created not only to provide additional hunger relief in the summer months, but also to bring attention to an issue afflicting many Maine citizens. "Maine's Credit Unions are about 'people helping people' and sharing the bread is this philosophy in action. It is important for Maine people to know that food insecurity is a reality in every county and every community in our state throughout the year," he said. "As we recognize the significance of hunger in Maine and, most specifically, feeding a number of Maine's children during summer vacation when there are not meals provided at school, Maine's Credit Unions will provide resources to help organizations in each county make a positive impact on thousands of people in Maine."