PORTLAND, Maine (2/19/13)--Maine credit unions raised a record $471,744.19 to help feed the state's hungry, the Maine Credit Union League announced Thursday.
|Maine credit unions raised a record $471,744.19 for their Campaign for Ending Hunger Celebration. Pictured at a luncheon celebrating announcement are, from left, John Murphy, Maine Credit Union League president; musician Jonathan Edwards; and Luke Labbe, chair of the Maine Credit Union League's Social Responsibility Committee and CEO of PeoplesChoice CU, Saco, Maine. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)|
The amount is an increase of nearly $25,000 over last year's record donations for Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger.
"The generosity of the nearly 627,000 credit union members in Maine is extraordinary," explained John Murphy, league president. "This marks the 17th consecutive year that the campaign has raised a record-setting total. To raise nearly a half a million dollars this past year is especially remarkable in such a challenging economy."
The funds will help food pantries and hunger organizations to purchase nearly $7 million worth of food to help Maine's hungry, the league said.
A luncheon announcing the record total included a performance by Maine musician Jonathan Edwards, who provided songs to CDs sold to raise funds for the campaign.
The top-three credit unions for total funds raised included:
- Maine State CU, Augusta;
- NorState FCU, Madawaska; and
- Maine Savings FCU, Hampden.
The top three-credit unions with highest per-member contributions were:
- Gardiner FCU, Kennebec;
- NorState FCU; and
- Saco (Maine) Valley CU.