To help fight hunger in Maine, Acadia Federal Credit Union has made a sizable donation to help those at risk of hunger.

The donation was made during Acadia FCU’s annual meeting and member appreciation picnic held at Fort Kent’s Riverside Park. The credit union welcomed over 450 of their members and friends from the community to enjoy a free meal, while taking the opportunity to present $25,219 to representatives from area food pantries and food assistance programs.

Representatives of First Assembly of God Food Pantry, St. John Vianney Parish Food Pantry, Aroostook Area Agency on Aging / Meals on Wheels program, Ashland Food Pantry, Greater Fort Kent Ecumenical Food Pantry, and Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Food Pantry received checks at the annual meeting and picnic, while representatives from Our Lady of the Valley, MSAD 33 Take Home Program, Seeds of Hope Food Pantry, Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Brewer Area Food Pantry, The Salvation Army of Bangor, and Manna Ministries Food Pantry received checks off-site.

David Desjardins, President/CEO of Acadia FCU, said he was proud of his staff for their dedication to fundraising throughout the year. “One hundred percent of all the funds we raise go back to our communities. It is incredibly satisfying to be able to significantly impact our local communities in this way.”

Maine credit unions began raising money to end hunger in 1990 and since then, have raised over $8.5 million to combat hunger in the state. One out of five children in Maine are food insecure and 18% of Maine children live in poverty.