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Maine CUs Campaign for Ending Hunger presents 21K check
PORTLAND, Maine (3/25/11)--Maine’s Credit Unions recently made its largest, one-time donation ever, a gift of $21,000 made through the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank .
Click to view larger image The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger presented a check for $21,000 in memory of Good Shepherd Food Bank Founder JoAnn Pike on the seventh anniversary of her death. The funds will benefit food pantries in every Maine county. Holding the check are, from left, Luke Labbe, president/CEO of PeoplesChoice CU, Saco, Maine, and chair of the Maine CU League’s Social Responsibility Committee; Rick Small, executive director of Good Shepherd Food Bank; and Jon Paradise, governmental and public affairs manager for the Maine Credit Union League. (Photo provided by Maine Credit Union League)
The donation was made in memory of JoAnn Pike, the founder of the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Pike began the Good Shepherd 30 years ago and served as its executive director until February 2004. She passed away March 17, 2004. Two days later, Maine credit unions were the first to make a significant contribution in her memory. Every year since, Maine’s credit unions have made a donation to mark the anniversary of her death and to remember the long-time hunger pioneer. Maine’s credit unions also made a surprise contribution of $1,000 to help Good Shepherd defray the significant rise in fuel costs associated with deliveries made by the Food Mobile. Good Shepherd Food Bank serves 95% of the food pantries in Maine. Maine’s Credit Unions recently announced that in 2010 a record of $402,740 was raised, an increase of nearly $27,000 from the previous high, set in 2009. Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised $3.9 million.


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