AUBURN – “What Maine’s credit unions do to help end hunger in Maine is to literally help thousands of Maine people not have to choose between eating and paying their bills,” said Charles Large, executive director of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which serves more than 95 percent of the hunger organizations in Maine.

Large was speaking to a group of credit union representatives at the annual Ending Hunger Rally.

Nearly 40 credit union representatives who help coordinate the fund-raising efforts for ending hunger at their individual credit unions attended the rally at the Good Shepherd Food-Bank’s headquarters.

The event provided an opportunity to see, Large explained, “The power of the partnership between credit unions, ourselves and the hunger organizations in Maine.”

In addition to touring the facility, which has received nearly $100,000 in contributions from the Maine Credit Unions’ campaign in the past decade, the group exchanged fund-raising ideas.

Ethan Minton, assistant program director at WMGX Radio 93.1 in Portland, also spoke. The station hosts an on-air radio food drive each November.

Although a number of credit unions raise money for ending hunger throughout the year, fall traditionally marks the major push for fund-raising at credit unions.

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