AUBURN – The staff and management of Rainbow Federal Credit Union worked through the year to raise funds in an effort to end hunger in Maine.

Credit unions throughout Maine pursue the goal as a collective group and as individual credit unions in their communities. This year approximately $175,000 has been raised. Much of the monies raised over the years has gone to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank in Auburn.

“Rainbow FCU has been a zealot when it comes to this cause. We have had bake sales, sold candy bars and piggy banks, raffled off quilts and gift baskets; all for the one single cause of Ending Hunger in Maine. This year we raised half of our monies through a second edition of a special cookbook that we put together specifically for this event,” said President and CEO Phil Moreau.

“In addition to great recipes from our members and friends, we were also elated to add recipes from some very well known individuals, including former First Lady Barbara Bush, author Stephen King, Sens. Snowe and Collins, Congressman Mike Michaud and Gov. John Baldacci; and we also sold a unique bracelet for ending hunger,” Moreau said.

Each year the Social Responsibility Committee determines what organizations will receive assistance, based on the communities Rainbow FCU serves in Androscoggin and Oxford counties, and the food pantries that service those communities.

“The Good Shepherd Food-Bank always receives funds from Rainbow, but we also try to aid the smaller organizations,” said Marketing Director Jackie Kahn.

Among organizations receiving funds this year are St. Martin de Porres, Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Hope Haven Mission, Rural Community Action Ministry and the food bank.

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