Ending Hunger in Maine Campaign
Each year, nearly all of Maine's credit unions participate in the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger. Since 1990, the year that this collective effort began, Maine's credit unions have raised and distributed more than $7.2 million for ending hunger in Maine.
Bangor Federal has contributed $188,000 since 1999 and we continue to hold fundraisers every year to benefit this cause.
Food insecurity in Maine is a real problem backed by statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture. According to the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s website, “the USDA estimates that 15.8 percent of Maine households, or nearly 200,000 individuals, are food insecure. The number of Mainers who are food insecure decreased slightly from 2014 to 2015, but our rank compared to other states slipped. Maine now ranks 7th in the nation and 1st in New England for food insecurity.”
Because food insecurity is a problem in Maine, Bangor Federal is proud to support the Ending Hunger in Maine campaign by organizing a variety of activities. We hold an annual Ending Hunger in Maine golf tournament that helps us raise money for the Ending Hunger in Maine cause. Collectively, this tournament has raised over $30,000 for the campaign. All the money we have raised stays within Maine. Bangor Federal’s contribution is distributed throughout Penobscot, Waldo, and Hancock counties.
In addition to our annual golf tournament, we hold food drives and donate all the nonperishable items we collect to local food pantries. We also hold raffles throughout the year, facilitate staff dress-down days, and we sell candles and soaps. Below are the most recent recipients of Ending Hunger Funds. This distribution list may change based on yearly need:
- Widows and Orphans Food Cupboard
- Bangor Area Homeless Shelter
- Eastern Area Agency on Aging
- Seeds of Hope Food Pantry
- Salvation Army of Bangor
- Hope House
- Good Shepherd Food Bank
- Bucksport Community Concern
- Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
- Belfast Soup Kitchen
- AMVETS memorial Post 150 Food Pantry
- Good Shepherd Food Bank School Backpack Program
If you’re interested in learning more about Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Hunger, please visit http://www.mainecul.org/community-involvement/maine-cus-campaign-ending-hunger/. If you would like to participate in events to benefit this cause, or learn what you can do to donate, please visit our Facebook page or contact us.