PORTLAND, Maine (6/10/13)--Helping to put an end to hunger involves cooperation among many credit unions and members, the Maine Credit Union League told a public radio station in the state.
"One of the reasons behind the success of the Maine credit unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger is that it is a cooperative effort, and that is the kind of effort that it is going to take to make a difference," said Jon Paradise, league assistant vice president of governmental and public affairs, during a recent Roundtable Discussion on Maine Public Radio (MPR) about hunger in Maine (Weekly Update June 7).
The league organized the roundtable to help build awareness about hunger in the state. During the program, the host and several callers lauded Maine CUs for raising funds for ending hunger.
"Since 1990, Maine's credit unions have raised $4.8 million to help end hunger in Maine, representing more than two decades of commitment to this cause. That is a lot of money," said host Jennifer Rooks on MPR's Maine Calling Show, which airs statewide.
Two hunger advocates also appeared on the program: Kristen Miale, president of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Brenda Davis, founding director of Cross Roads Resource Center and one of the state's leaders on this issue. Davis and Miale praised credit unions "for showing leadership and tremendous initiative on the issue of hunger in Maine. What the credit unions do for this cause is amazing," they said.
During the 45-minute program, callers statewide phoned in to discuss the issue and reiterated the importance of a cooperative effort, such as the Maine credit unions' campaign.
"This cannot be done alone; we must work together and what credit unions are doing is a great example of what we can accomplish when we do," one caller said.