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League helps Good Shepherd celebrate “groundbreaking” at new Hampden Distribution Center

Representatives from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, including Todd Mason, President/CEO of the Maine CU League, were in attendance for a groundbreaking ceremony for Good Shepherd Food Bank’s renovation of its new Hampden Distribution Center. The Campaign is a major supporter of the project, having announced earlier this year that it was making a $100,000 commitment over a five year period to the endeavor.

The event, held at the Distribution Center on Wednesday, May 23, featured dignitaries and supporters from across the state, as well as representatives from each member of Maine’s Congressional Delegation.  “We are pleased to be a leader in this project by making a significant commitment to a project that will have a major impact on the ability to provide access to nourishing food in an efficient manner to thousands of Mainers.  It is an honor to once again demonstrate the commitment and dedication of Maine’s credit unions to helping to end hunger in Maine through our contribution on behalf of the Campaign,” stated Todd Mason, President/CEO of the Maine Credit Union League.

As part of its commitment, the Food Packing Area at the new facility will be named the “Maine’s Credit Unions’ Food Packing Area.”  “We appreciate the support over many years of the credit unions through the Campaign, and for once again stepping up to help us with our vision to have food for all in Maine,” said Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank.

In addition to attending the event, Mason has been named to the Campaign advisory Team, which consists of business and community leaders from across Maine.  “I am pleased to do whatever I can to help facilitate and encourage others to join in this project.  This is an ambitious project but, when completed, will close the meal gap that currently exists in our state.”

Work on the project is expected to begin shortly, with a grand opening slated for sometime in late spring or early summer of 2019.