WESTBROOK – Maine’s credit unions made history on March 22 in the cause of ending hunger with their largest, single-day donation to one organization on behalf of the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, a contribution that brought the amount of funds distributed by Maine’s credit unions to $2 million since 1990.

At the event held at the Maine Credit Union League, the campaign donated $16,000 in memory of JoAnn Pike, founder the Good Shepherd Food-Bank. Pike founded the food bank nearly 27 years ago and served as executive director. She died in March 2004.

This is the third year that the campaign has made a contribution in her honor. The Good Shepherd Food-Bank is Maine’s only food bank and serves more than 95 percent of the hunger organizations in Maine.

“We are delighted that we can continue to keep JoAnn’s memory alive by making this donation in her honor. We are pleased that this donation honors JoAnn’s memory and is also historical at the same time,” said Jon Paradise, league governmental and public affairs manager.

“On behalf of everyone who will see and feel the benefits of this donation, thank you,” said JoAn Chartier, food bank public relations coordinator.


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