PORTLAND, Maine (2/12/14)--The Maine Credit Union League announced Tuesday that its 2013 Campaign for Ending Hunger raised a record-setting $513,309--$42,000 more than the previous year's record.
League President/CEO John Murphy noted how far the campaign has come since it began in 1990 with $24,000 in its pocket.
"This campaign is a testament to what can be accomplished by cooperating and coming together for a cause," Murphy said, adding, "Maine credit unions are about helping others, whether it's by providing financial services or raising funds to make sure their neighbors have enough to eat including the one in four Maine children who, often times, do not know where their next meal is going to come from."
More than 100 delegates from the state's credit unions attended Tuesday's ceremony in South Portland where they listened to keynote speaker Sue Mitchell. "Miss Sue" was portrayed by Kathy Bates in "The Blind Side," which told the story of Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher, his adopted family and Mitchell, his tutor.
Mitchell said, "As a former teacher, I know that a first-grader can't learn to read if she doesn't have enough to eat, or a third-grader can't do a math problem if his stomach is rumbling.
"I am so impressed by what you are doing with new initiatives to fight childhood hunger, such as providing significant funding to help expand the backpack programs in schools across the state."
The record-setting year of donations pushed the campaign to more than $5.3 million raised in 24 years. One-hundred percent of the funds stay in Maine and go directly to help end hunger.