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 $6.5 million to help end hunger in Maine.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Campaign, please visit your local Maine Highlands FCU office, or mail a contribution to the address below. Make checks payable to:
Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger
c/o Maine Highlands FCU
PO Box 233
Dexter, ME 04930-0233
(Receipts provided per request)
How the Ending Hunger Campaign works
Participating credit unions raise funds for the Campaign at various times throughout the year.
- All money raised is distributed to hunger organizations and food pantries in our local area.
- 100% of all of the money raised by credit unions stays in Maine and goes directly to the cause of ending hunger. All administrative costs are covered by the Maine CU League’s Social Responsibility Committee.
Statistics on Hunger in Maine
- Statistics on Hunger in Maine
• 21%, or 1 in every 5 children, are food insecure (55,000 children)
• Maine has a child poverty rate of 18% and ranks 16th in the nation and 1st in New England for
child food insecurity
• Maine ranks 7th in the nation and 1st in New England in terms of food insecurity
• 16.4% of Maine households, representing 200,000+ people, experience food insecurity
• Children living in households which experienced hunger or the risk of hunger are more likely to
experience health or school-related problems.
• Several groups are found to be at greater risk of hunger in Maine; children, low-income families,
disabled persons, persons with special needs, the elderly, those living in rural regions and the
inner cities of Maine’s largest urban places
• Several factors contribute to hunger in Maine; including income growth that is outpaced by cost
of living; high level of underemployment; widening gap between rich and poor; illiteracy; and
lack of consumer information on nutrition