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* PORTLAND, Maine (10/6/10)--Maine credit unions and Good Shepherd Food Bank Friday celebrated the beginning of National Co-op Month by
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marking the fifth anniversary of Maine's first "Food Mobile" with a $10,500 contribution. The Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger has contributed more than $3.5 million to help end hunger since 1990. Also announced: the Food Mobile program has distributed more than 1.6 million pounds of food to food pantries throughout the state. From left are Rick Small, executive director, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Jon Paradise, governmental and public affairs manager at the Maine Credit Union League. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League) ... * ALBANY, N.Y. (10/6/10)-- Amy Kramer, vice president, governmental affairs at the Credit Union Association of New York, has left to work for AT&T in the company's top state legislative slot in New York State (PR Newswire Oct. 1). She will be responsible for developing strategies and plans for achieving AT&T's legislative objectives and lobbying elected officials and policymakers on a range of issues for AT&T. She also was a former Senate Fellow/Legislative Coordinator for the New York State Senate and assistant curator for the Shaker Museum & Library in Old Chatham ... * FORT WORTH, Texas (10/6/10)--The credit card program at American Airlines FCU has surpassed balances of $100 million, the Fort Worth, Texas-based credit union announced. In the past five years, the program has experienced double-digit growth annually. Nancy Crouch, director of card services for AA CU, noted that in the tough economic climate, the program "acts as a safe harbor for members, protecting them from the predatory practices common in this industry. That's one of the many reasons credit unions are thriving despite the challenges." The more than $5 billion asset credit union offers several Visa Platinum card progams and includes a points-based reward card, which is also available as a starter card. Two years ago, the credit union launched a low-rate Platinum card. The program has generated $30 million in outstanding balances ...


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