Credit Unions Donate $17,000 to Food Pantries 

Maine is the 9th hungriest state in the nation, that’s according to the head of the Good Shepherd Food Bank.It’s estimated that 175,000 people in the state need food. Close to 19% of them are children under the age of five.But today those who try to help feed those in need, got a boost from Maine Credit Unions.They gave out $17,000 Monday to food pantries across the state in their Share the Bread Campaign.They handed out a loaf of bread to each pantry, and bread you can spend, a $500 check.They also gave the Good Shepherd Food Bank a donation.Rick Small, Executive Director of the Good Shepherd Food Bank says, “Their support for us and our efforts statewide and support for the local pantries has been outstanding.”Jon Paradise of the Maine Credit Union League says, “Unfortunately as the amount of funds raised grows so does the need, but as long as one person in Maine is hungry, Maine Credit Unions will be there and members will be there to help.”Monday’s donation is part of Maine Credit Unions Ending Hunger Campaign.This is the 21st year for the campaign. Over the years they’ve donated $3.5 million dollars.