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Maine first lady lauds CUs effort against hunger
WESTBROOK, Maine (1/28/09)--At a time when food pantries are seeing a hike in requests for food, Maine’s credit unions celebrated “thawing” out hunger in the state at the January Thaw to End Hunger Celebration Event Monday at the Maine Credit Union League.
Click to view larger image From left, Maine’s first lady, Karen Baldacci; John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League; and Luke Labbe, president/CEO of PeoplesChoice CU, Biddeford, and chair of the league’s Social Responsibility Committee, announce the record-setting total raised by the 2008 Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
Credit unions were recognized at the annual event for raising a record total for the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. Credit unions raised $375,296.59, an increase of nearly $10,000 over last year’s record. All funds raised stay in Maine, and go directly to the cause of ending hunger. Maine’s first lady, Karen Baldacci acknowledged the accomplishment. She applauded credit unions for their efforts, calling credit unions “locally-focused and committed to Maine people.” The first lady also read a letter from Gov. John Baldacci that said, “At a time when many Maine families are struggling, it is heartening to see our credit unions answering the call in so many ways.” Baldacci also helped distribute checks to credit union representatives who will then give the money to their local food pantries and hunger organizations. “The 2008 Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger not only had a record- setting year but it formed new relationships with food pantries across the state. These enhanced efforts are extremely important, as food pantries are seeing a significant increase in requests during these difficult times,” said Jon Paradise, league governmental and public affairs manager. Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised more than $3.1 million.
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