Ending Hunger on Campus in Maine

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Ending Hunger on Campus in Maine

Our 2018 campaign will kick-off in late November, more information to come soon.

Thank you for supporting and contributing to our campaign during December 2017. We are thrilled to announce we've raised $8,143 along with food donations to help support these pantries.

During the month of December, UCU shined a light on the food pantries that help those within our campus communities. Across the state, there are five UMS-based food pantries that we supported with donations and asked that you, our members, helped contribute to our neighbors in need on campus. These campus food pantries help students, employees and others in the campus community, and while the total need is unknown, there are many who are already receiving assistance from these locations.

Goal reached!

Our goal is to raise $5,000 additional towards this cause along with non-perishable food items. UCU kicked off our season of giving in late November with a $2,500 donation; $500 to each of these five food pantries. We ended the campaign with a total of $8,143 raised!

To learn more about a campus food pantry, please visit the links below:

Black Bear Exchange - University of Maine Assists 20 people per week.

Thrifty Beaver - University of Maine at Farmington Assists 15 people per week, often students utilize grab-n-go items.

Bengal's Outreach Food Pantry - University of Maine at Fort Kent Regularly assists 25 people per month, helping to avoid missing meals. 

UMPI Emergency Food Pantry - University of Maine at Presque Isle Opened in September 2017. Food insecurity in Aroostook County is 17%.

The Well - University of Southern Maine Assists 20 people per day, to supplement a meal or take home a meal to cook.

Goal gauge - final results

The Well Check Presentation

Lesley Ridge, UCU Campus Branch Manager; Erika Taylor, UCU Branch Manager; Randy Manzo, UCU MSR; Jimmy Buzzell, Graduate Assistant at The Well; Rachel Silford, UCU MSR.

UMPI Emergency Food Pantry Check Presentation

Matt Walsh, UCU President/CEO; Jenn Deschene UCU Campus Branch Manager; Raymond Rice, President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Bengal's Outreach Food Pantry Check Presentation

Jessica Daigle, Counselor and Accessibility Coordinator at UMFK; Matt Walsh, UCU President/CEO; Jenn Deschene, UCU Campus Branch Manager.

Thrifty Beaver Check Presentation

Kim Pease, UCU MSR; Luke Kellett, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sustainability Coordinator, UMF; Kaylee Bilodeau, UMF Student; Beth Beaudoin, UCU Branch Manager.

UMaine Black Bear Exchange Check Presentation

Derek Hebert, UCU Branch Manager; Jason Preble, UCU IT Manager, Lisa Morin, Coordinator Black Bear Exchange; Jessica LaBelle, UCU MSR, Susan Crawford, UCU Branch Manager; Stacey Young, UCU Retail Services Manager.

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