Top Hunger Award Presented To Maine CUs' Campaign For Ending Hunger
April 7, 2014
(L-R) Bob Moore, President of Dead River Co., Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Jim Lemieux, Chair of the Maine Credit Union League's Board of Directors, are all smiles at the JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Dinner. Moore, last year's recipient, presented the 2014 Award to the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger. Lemieux accepted the Award on behalf of Maine's credit unions.
For its 25-year commitment, dedication and passion to helping to end hunger in Maine, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger received the prestigious JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award at a special dinner and ceremony at the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn on Thursday, April 3rd.
In presenting the Award to Maine’s credit unions, Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd, cited, “Maine’s Credit Unions are so deserving of this honor because of the tremendous impact they have had in the fight against hunger in our state through the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. As a partner and advocate in the cause of ending hunger, Maine’s credit unions are leaders and champions in our state. The partnership between Maine’s credit unions and Good Shepherd is special and cherished, and one that means so much to fighting hunger in Maine.”
Jim Lemieux, Chair of the Maine Credit Union League’s Board and President/CEO of Sebasticook Valley FCU, accepted the Award on behalf of Maine’s credit unions. In his remarks, Lemieux credited the Campaign’s success to collaboration and cooperation. “First and foremost, this Award belongs to the thousands of credit union staff, volunteers and members who give their time and money to make a difference in ending hunger in Maine. This truly represents the spirit of cooperation and gets to the heart of the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people’. If people don’t have enough to eat, it impacts every aspect of their lives and greatly diminishes their ability to learn, work, be healthy, and productive. What began raising $24,000 in 1990 has grown over the years to collectively raise $5.3 million including a record-setting $513,000 in 2013.”
John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League, cited the close relationship that Maine’s credit unions had with Pike, which made the Award more special. “Having had the opportunity to meet JoAnn on several occasions, it means a great deal to have the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger receive this Award. JoAnn was a true pioneer in developing the food bank concept in Maine, and creating a statewide network of support to help food pantries serve thousands of Maine people who are hungry. Her leadership and tireless efforts left a lasting legacy to the cause of ending hunger in Maine. The Good Shepherd Food Bank is a testament to JoAnn’s work and passion. What began in her home back in 1981 is, today, the largest food bank north of Boston and is a primary source of food and support to more than 90% of the hunger organizations in Maine.”