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 Maine Highlands FCU, or mail a contribution and 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
- More than 40% of Maine kids under the age of 12 show some evidence of hunger
- 68,950 Maine children are food insecure
- New data shows that 15% of Maine households, representing 200,000 people, experience food insecurity. Maine ranks 13th in the nation in food insecurity and first in New England. In addition, a new report from the Good Shepherd Food Bank found that nearly 40,000 people a week were being provided with food assistance from one of its 640 member agencies. This is double what was originally estimated.
- Hunger and the risk of hunger are widespread among Maine’s low-income families with children
- The likelihood of experiencing hunger or the risk of hunger is directly related to income
- 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, adults in 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.