LEWISTON – The Lewiston Municipal Federal Credit Union, 291 Pine St., has donated $2,225 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in memory of JoAnn Pike, the food bank’s founder and visionary who died on March 17. The funds were the result of the credit union’s participation in the Maine Credit Union League’s 2003 Campaign for Ending Hunger.

Don Sansouci, president and CEO of the credit union, noted, “The donation was made in memory of JoAnn Pike in honor of her long-time service to the cause of ending hunger within the Lewiston-Auburn area and throughout the state of Maine.”

Pike founded the food bank in 1981 and initially ran the operation out of her Auburn home. The growth of the food bank has resulted in the facility becoming Maine’s largest statewide nonprofit agency. The food bank provides more than 9 million pounds of food a year to thousands of families through food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Maine. The bank is located at 3121 Hotel Road, Auburn.

Janice Libby, events coordinator at the food bank, stated, “The Good Shepherd Food Bank is very grateful for the recent donation, and it will be a big help in our mission to feed Maine’s hungry.”

The credit union raised a total of $2,800 as its contribution to the Maine Credit Union League, with the total being the highest raised by any credit union within the Lewiston/Auburn area. In addition, the facility’s total placed the credit union second in the state in regard to dollars raised per member.

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