Maine’s credit unions have raised $402,740 in their annual campaign to fight hunger, according to the Maine Credit Union League.

The funds will help food pantries across the state buy food through the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

The total is a new record and $27,000 more than last year, the group said.

“These enhanced efforts are extremely important, as food pantries continue to see a significant increase in requests during these difficult times. The generosity of the over 600,000 credit union members in Maine is extraordinary,” John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League, said in a written statement.

Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised $3.9 million to help end hunger in Maine.