ORONO – There are many Maine families who struggle with hunger.
The University Credit Union is addressing the issue by joining the battle against hunger in a special way. Throughout the month of December they’re gathering money and food to help our hungry neighbors.
The donations will be given to the five University of Maine system campus food pantries.
They said university students are also vulnerable to food insecurity, forcing them to choose between eating or covering their educational expenses.
UCU CEO Matt walsh said “None of us were aware of how big the need is, but we’ve seen research that shows almost half of all college students at one time or another have to choose between food insecurity issues and text books, living expenses and other costs of attendance.”
The credit union said demand for the campus based food pantries has increased in recent years. Including in Presque Isle which is the latest school to open a pantry.
They kicked off the effort by making $500 donations to all the pantries and they hope to raise $7,500 by the end of the month.