Senate President Applauds Maine CUs For Childhood Hunger Initiatives; To Include CUs In Further Discussions On Issue
February 4, 2014

The efforts and partnerships that Maine’s credit unions have facilitated with hunger organizations received praise from one of the leaders of the Maine Legislature, Senate President Justin Alfond, recently. Senator Alfond convened a meeting of hunger leaders, educators and several organizations from the private sector, including Maine’s credit unions, to discuss and highlight the issue of student hunger in Maine. 

At the meeting held at Riverton Elementary School in Portland, Senator Alfond reiterated his strong support and passion of this issue and called the work of Maine’s credit unions on ending hunger initiatives “very impressive and an important example of what the private sector can accomplish. I have been pleased to hear of the long-term commitment that Maine’s credit unions have had to ending hunger and really excited about the leadership that credit unions have put forth with their recent pledge to provide significant funding to support childhood hunger in Maine.”

Last fall, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger announced that it was committing to funding a 3-year, $75,000 contribution to expand the school backpack and school pantry programs. Since 1990, Maine credit unions have raised nearly $95 million to end hunger. 

Senator Alfond and representatives from several hunger organizations in Maine said student hunger is a “major problem in Maine. It is not enough to provide meals during school; hunger is seven days a week so initiatives like the school backpack program makes a difference on weekends and holidays.” 

John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League, said he appreciates Maine’s credit unions “being part of the discussion and for being recognized for the significant role credit unions have had in raising awareness and funds to end hunger in Maine for many years. I am pleased to hear Senator Alfond noticed our efforts and of his interest to include Maine’s credit unions in further discussions as a result of our leadership on this issue.” 

In the coming months, Senator Alfond is planning on hosting a larger meeting with government agencies, food pantries and the private sector to take action in ending childhood hunger, and has already invited Maine’s credit unions to participate in this process.