Credit union league’s work against hunger recognized

The Maine Credit Union League will be honored with the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award on April 3 for its ongoing hunger prevention initiatives.

Formed in 1938, the league is the trade association for Maine’s 61 credit unions.

It has been supporting hunger relief work in Maine since 1990, raising a record $513,309 in 2013 and $5.3 million overall during its 24-year history through programs like the Campaign for Ending Hunger.

In addition to contributing thousands of dollars to food pantries in Maine communities, the credit union league helps to provide funds for statewide initiatives to help end hunger.


The league recently announced a multi-year commitment to Good Shepherd Food Bank’s efforts to end childhood hunger in Maine through support of the BackPack and School Pantry programs.

In 2013, Maine’s credit unions contributed more than $1 million to a variety of causes, including promoting financial literacy and assisting organizations such as the Red Cross and Special Olympics, just to name a few.

In the past 11 years, Maine credit union employees have contributed more than 293,000 volunteer hours, including a record of more than 37,000 hours last year, to their communities.

The credit union league will be honored with a meal at the Good Shepherd Food Bank, helping members to better appreciate how their donations are helping to advance the work of the largest hunger relief organization in Maine.

Good Shepheard distributes food to 600 partner agencies across the state, including food pantries, meal sites and youth programs.

Together with its network, the food bank leads a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education and strategic partnerships.


In 2013, the Good Shepherd Food Bank distributed 15 million pounds of food to families, children and seniors in need throughout the state.

For more details, call 782-3554 or go to


Eighth-graders place first in regional math contest

Middle School of the Kennebunks eighth-graders placed first in the regional MathCounts competition, held recently at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

The competing team was composed of Judah Phipps-Costin, Lily Verna, Daniel Behrens and Jackie Allaire-MacDonald.


Six other students competed as individuals: Eighth grade, Brennan Schatzabel; seventh grade, Sawyer Lachance, Charlotte McCulloh and Jason Albaum; and sixth grade, Andrew Ladd and Ethan Eickmann.

The next level of competition, the Maine State MathCounts meet, will be held Saturday at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

The competing team and five of the individuals have qualified for that competition.


Seventh-grader wins award in Lions Peace Poster contest

The Falmouth Lions Club announced that Falmouth Middle School seventh-grader Sophia Herdrich has won the merit award in the Lions International Peace Poster contest.

Sophia has been named one of 23 merit award winners out on 400,000 entries drawn by children ages 11 to 13 from 62 countries.

Her winning poster was chosen for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year’s theme, “Our World, Our Future.”

Sophia will receive a $500 cash award and a certificate of achievement from the Falmouth Lions Club, sponsor of the contest.

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