Maine State Credit Union & Local Hunger Organizations Unite to End Hunger in Maine
Maine State Credit Union and Local Hunger Organizations Unite to End Hunger in Maine
18th Annual Walk to End Hunger raised over $60,000 to help local Mainers
Augusta, ME – May 08, 2023 – Maine State Credit Union, local hunger organizations, and the community joined together to end hunger in Maine at the 18th Annual Maine State Credit Union FeedME 5k on April 22 at Capitol Park in Augusta. The event raised over $60,000 to help 30 local organizations provide food assistance to local Mainers in need.
“The Feed ME 5k is my favorite fundraising event. It allows all local hunger groups to raise money for their organization and each year; I am surprised by the generosity of Mainers,” said Stacey Dow, director of the FeedME 5k event.
The Feed Me 5k event is an approximately 3-mile walk along Augusta's Kennebec River Rail Trail. This is a family event; people bring dogs and push kids in strollers. It is a fun and relaxing way to help this great cause. This year we had over 150 who attended in person.
Maine State Credit Union is one of the fundraising leaders for the Maine Credit Union League's ending hunger campaign. In 2022, Maine State CU raised $86,735.69; checks totaling this amount were distributed to local organizations at a breakfast event earlier this year.
“Stacey is very passionate about this cause,” said Stephen Wallace, President and CEO of Maine State Credit Union. “Each year at the MSCU Ending Hunger Breakfast event, she delivers a heartfelt message that does not leave a dry eye in the room. Her desire to provide people H.O.P.E. (helping other people eat), is contagious, and just about every employee lends a hand to raise money or help hunger organizations in some way. It is great.”
The proceeds from the Feed ME 5k event and other events Maine State Credit Union holds through the year for this cause help to support backpack programs, meals-on-wheels, and stock food pantries at churches and other hunger locations throughout the greater Augusta area.
Businesses help make it possible to host the annual Feed ME 5k event and contribution to the fundraising total. Sponsors include: Gold sponsors: The Element Group, Lee & Mason Financial Services, Inc., Maine Credit Union League, Maine Credit Union League & Synergent, and TriCorp FCU. Silver sponsors include Cross Insurance, GHM Insurance, W.H. Demmons, WIPFLI, WG Tech, and Meridian Link. Bronze sponsors include: Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cayer Security, Charlie’s Family of Dealerships, CU Insurance Solutions, LLC, Eye Care of Maine, Gosline Retirement Planning, Pannos Marketing, Somerset Stone & Stove, Sparetime Recreation and Ground Round, and Taylor, McCormack & Frame. Friend sponsors are Creative Imaging Group, Gallant Therapy Services, Harvest Time Natural Foods, LaJoie Brothers General Contractors, ASG Angott, Liberty Mutual, Naretiv, Northeast Bank, Pine State Trading, Priority Learning, Rod’s H.P.A.C Installs, LLC, The Korner Store & Deli, and Uncle Dean’s Natural Market.
“Our goal for 2023 is to raise $100,000, said Dow. “We get close each year, and I hope this is the year we reach this milestone.”
Donations to the Maine State Credit Union’s ending hunger campaign can be made in person at any branch location or made online at https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Augusta/FeedMe5K.
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Maine State Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Maine, with over $600 million in assets. Located in Augusta, Maine, it employs over 120 Mainers and has been on the list of Best Places to Work in Maine for the past ten years. It was founded in 1935 under the stairs in the Maine State House as a place for the state employees to bank; now, it has over 33,000 members and open to all Mainers in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Sagadahoc, and Waldo counties. Learn more at MaineStateCU.org.
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