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Updated: February 15, 2024

Maine credit unions raise record $1.2M to fight hunger

Two people with oversized check Courtesy / Maine Credit Union League Jen Burke, left, and Cris Wescott of the Maine Credit Union League, which raised more than $1.2 million in 2023 to combat hunger in Maine.

Maine credit unions raised a record $1.2 million-plus last year to combat hunger across the state, marking a new fundraising milestone for the annual campaign and exceeding its annual goal by more than $200,000.

The total raised in 2023 was $1,221,868.94 in food and cash donations.

“It was an incredible moment to share our collective accomplishments with our credit unions and announce our fundraising results for 2023,” said Cris Wescott, interim president of the Westbrook-based nonprofit trade organization.

“Credit unions work tirelessly year-round to support the campaign and get food into the hands of those who need it, and those efforts made a meaningful difference.”

Last year's campaign supported 280 organizations “and generated critical awareness about hunger in our communities,” she added. "I can think of no better example of how credit unions carry out our shared ‘people helping people’ philosophy than through this initiative.”

All dollars raised in the campaign stay in Maine and go to food banks, pantries, health care programs, schools, colleges and meal sites across the state.

“I look forward to the day when we don’t need to raise funds to end hunger because everyone will have access to the food they need to thrive,” shared Robert Caverly, vice president of advocacy and outreach at the Maine Credit Union League.

“But, until that time comes, Mainers can continue to depend on the support of the state’s credit union network to do its part to feed our neighbors. I am so proud of what was accomplished last year and am looking forward to supporting the campaign in what I hope will be another record-breaking fundraising year in 2024.”

The campaign, launched in 1990, has raised more than $13.5 million in total to combat hunger in Maine.

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