Campaign for Ending Hunger Raised Record $1.22 Million in 2023

A record-breaking $1.2 million was raised last year to combat hunger in our home state of Maine. The Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger is Synergent’s signature social responsibility initiative.

Jennifer Burke, Vice President of Public Relations and Outreach for the Maine Credit Union League, announces the fundraising total of $1,221,868.94 for 2023 in front of a room filled with people.

Jennifer Burke, Assistant Vice President of Communications and Outreach for the Maine Credit Union League, announces the fundraising total for 2023.

At an event held on February 13, 2024, in Freeport, representatives from credit unions across Maine gathered to commemorate the work done collaboratively last year to end hunger in Maine. At a ceremony hosted by the Maine Credit Union League, Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, announced it raised $1,221,868.94 in food and cash donations in 2023—marking a new fundraising milestone for the Campaign and exceeding its annual fundraising goal by over $200,000.

“It was an incredible moment to share our collective accomplishments with our credit unions and announce our fundraising results for 2023,” shared Cris Wescott, Interim President at the Maine Credit Union League. “Credit unions work tirelessly year-round to support the Campaign and get food into the hands of those who need it, and those efforts made a meaningful difference. The Campaign supported 280 organizations and generated critical awareness about hunger in our communities. I can think of no better example of how credit unions carry out our shared People Helping People philosophy than through this initiative.”

As a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit, contributions to the Campaign are tax deductible. Dollars raised by Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger stay in Maine and support organizations such as food banks, pantries, healthcare programs, schools, colleges, and meal sites. You do not need to be a member of a local credit union to support the Campaign.

“I look forward to the day when we don’t need to raise funds to end hunger because everyone will have access to the food they need to thrive,” shared Robert Caverly, Vice President of Advocacy & Outreach at the Maine Credit Union League. “But, until that time comes, Mainers can continue to depend on the support of the state’s credit union network to do its part to feed our neighbors. I am so proud of what was accomplished last year and am looking forward to supporting the Campaign in what I hope will be another record-breaking fundraising year in 2024.”

Supporting Healthcare Initiatives in the Fight Against Hunger

The event also included remarks from Dr. Amy Buczkowski and Dr. Jennifer Jewell, physicians at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) in Portland, who spoke about the work being done at the hospital to address food insecurity. The Campaign for Ending Hunger presented the BBCH with a check for $20,000 at the event on behalf of all Maine credit unions to assist with their ongoing efforts to feed food-insecure patients and their families.

“I had the privilege of joining several credit unions at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital earlier this year to hear about the great work they are doing,” added Wescott. “Food truly is medicine, and the program they have built is vitally important. We were honored to surprise them with a donation at our event to help ensure their efforts continue.”

Since the Campaign’s inception in 1990, it has raised over $13.5 million to combat hunger in Maine.


About the Maine Credit Union League

The Maine Credit Union League is a nonprofit, professional trade association that exists to serve Maine’s credit unions. Founded in 1938, the League’s mission is to help credit unions succeed and improve the financial lives of their members. As the trade association for Maine’s credit unions, the League provides advocacy, education, and other resources designed to assist credit unions in meeting the needs of their membership. For more information, visit