Summer hunger relief in Maine means ‘sharing the bread’

August 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (8/6/15)--The Maine Credit Union League reaffirmed its commitment to eradicating hunger this week by distributing more than $20,000 to organizations that work to put food on the tables of Maine residents statewide.

Through the 11th annual “Share the Bread” event, Maine credit unions were able to provide funding to 33 hunger organizations. Food pantries in every county in the state received a donation, in addition to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which provides food to more than 90% of the pantries located in Maine.

The event also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of hunger in the state, especially for Maine’s 65,000 schoolchildren during summer vacation.

“With another month or so of school vacation remaining, help is needed right now for many of the 65,000 children across Maine who are currently on summer vacation and may not have access to the same meals that are provided during the school year,” Jon Paradise, league vice president of governmental affairs/public relations, told the Bangor Daily News. “That’s why we are trying to help. Hopefully, others will be encouraged to help as well.”

The funding for the summer event is drawn from the league’s yearlong initiative, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger.

The campaign, which raised a record-setting $552,257 last year, has brought in roughly $5.9 million since the program’s inception in 1990.

Thanks to this summer’s donation, food pantry representatives received loaves of bread and a $600 check. The Good Shepherd Food Bank also received a $1,000 donation.