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Maine CUs remember 911 with funds for Red Cross pantries
PORTLAND, Maine (9/13/12)--Maine's credit unions' recognized five American Red Cross chapters in their 11th anniversary 9/11 tribute in Portland.

Click to view larger image Representatives from Maine's five Red Cross Chapters and food pantriesCU System briefs gather with representatives from the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger, including Maine Credit Union League Governmental and Public Affairs Manager Jon Paradise (center behind check) at the 9/11 Memorial in Portland.  The campaign, which has raised $4.3 million since 1990--including a record $447,000 in 2011--distributed funds to emergency food relief efforts statewide in honor of the 9/11 anniversary.  (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
The tribute, with the theme "People Remembering & Helping People," honored and remembered the victims of 9/11 and their families, and gave funds to charities.

The Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger, which raised a record $447,000 in 2011, distributed more than $6,000 of the funds raised to the Emergency Food Relief Fund of each Red Cross Chapter in Maine, and to a food pantry located at each chapter.  

"9/11 brought about a tremendous resurgence of community in Maine and across the country, and helping make sure people have enough to eat and receive assistance during an emergency is what community is all about," said John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League. The campaign "has chosen to mark the anniversary of 9/11 in this way each year in recognition of the volunteers who help communities during difficult times."   

The five Red Cross Chapters in Maine that received checks in the amount of $911 each are: the Southern Maine Chapter, the United Valley Chapter, the Mid Coast Chapter, the Pine Tree Chapter and the Pine Tree-Aroostook Chapter.

The five food pantries in Maine that received $311 checks each are: Wayside Soup Kitchen of Portland, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Food Pantry of Brunswick, St. Mary's Food Pantry of Lewiston, MANNA Food Pantry of Bangor and Catholic Charities of Maine of Caribou.

All funds raised go directly to the cause of ending hunger and stay in Maine. The campaign for ending hunger has raised $4.3 million since 1990.


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