WESTBROOK, Maine (8/12/14)--The Maine Credit Union League distributed $17,000 to 33 hunger relief agencies during its 10th annual "Share the Bread" event.
"Share the Bread" focuses on the acute need for food for Maine's 65,000 schoolchildren who may not have access to the same meals that they receive when school is in session.
"When people think of summer in Maine, they usually think about taking vacations and being outdoors; helping the local food pantry is often the furthest thing from their minds at this time of year," said Jon Paradise, vice president of governmental affairs and public relations, Maine Credit Union League. "Sadly, summer is a hungry time for Mainers just like any other time of the year, except it doesn't get the same attention as it does around the holidays."
Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger distributed donations and bread during the one-day event.
"'Share the Bread' is kind of a play on words," Paradise told WABI-TV (Aug. 4). "We're giving away loaves of bread, and we're giving away the other kind of bread to kind of share the spirit with what credit unions are all about--that's helping communities and part of helping communities is helping to end hunger in the state."
The hunger relief effort has raised $5.3 million since 1990 including a record-setting $513,000 in 2013.