PORTLAND, Maine (10/3/14)--The Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger broke off a chunk of last year's record-breaking $513,000 in raised funds last week to donate $25,000 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank at a school in Portland, Maine.
This is the second year of a three-year commitment that Maine's credit unions, through the Maine Credit Union League, will donate to the food bank's BackPack and School Pantry programs.
The donation was made at East End Community School, which serves a high percentage of children classified as food insecure, according to the league. The school is just one of many that will benefit from the donation.
"It's great to see a community partner provide this type of support," said Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, a strong advocate for ending hunger and the representative of the district where the school is located. "I commend Maine's credit unions for recognizing the benefit of making sure kids have enough to eat--it impacts their grades, their learning and their health."
Maine Credit Union League President John Murphy said the donation will make a significant impact in ending childhood hunger in Maine thanks to the reach of Good Shepherd's BackPack and School Pantry programs, in addition to other childhood hunger initiatives.
"It is our hope that through this joint effort with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, we will make great strides toward ending childhood hunger in our state, both through providing much needed funds, and raising wide-reaching awareness," Murphy said.