Ending Hunger

Thank you to all of the generous donors who gave to the 2022 UCU Ending Hunger Campaign; the 2022 match campaign has has concluded. Total funds raised will be shared in early 2023.

2022 UCU Ending Hunger Campaign

UCU is here for U, and for Mainers throughout the state. This year, we begin our sixth year of the UCU Ending Hunger Campaign, with a continued pledge of matching up to $25,000 in total donations made through the end of 2022. Generous donations made by our members, friends and neighbors have helped make an impact for people across the state, by providing their next meal. Together, we can end hunger in Maine.

Join UCU in fighting food insecurity by supporting Ending Hunger, funding local food pantries both within our communities and campus communities, and make a donation today. Your donation could help a family down the road financially impacted by the pandemic or economic strain, or a university student struggling to balance classes with the need to work for income. For that reason, we want to do our part along with your help to support the local food pantries.

As we begin this season of giving, we ask that you consider donating to our Ending Hunger Campaign and support our local communities. Your donation will help people facing hunger in our state.

For the fifth consecutive year, UCU will match up to $25,000 in donations to our Ending Hunger Campaign.

Distributions From Our 2021 Campaign:

Impact Information from Food Pantries

Details provided by food pantries. 

USM Campus Food Pantry 

  • 331%-Increase in number of visits from 2020/2021 to 2021/2022
  • 529%-Increase in number of household and personal goods distributed from 2020/2021 to 2021/2022
  • 3100+ lbs. of food distributed to date through Fall 2022

Wayside Food Services 

  • 2,900 seniors each month receiving groceries through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program
  • 18,250 meals prepared and shared at Community Meals & Pop up Picnics
  • 750 Thanksgiving meals
  • 145,000 pounds of local food donated and salvaged

Preble Street 

  • Food Programs: The largest direct service emergency food program in northern New England, distributing 600,000 meals a year to individuals, families, youth, and seniors who are living in poverty.
  • Soup Kitchens: Operates 365 days a year at the Resource Center, Teen Center, and Florence House, to serve nutritious meals 3 times a day.
  • Food Pantry: Provides emergency grocery boxes to 150-190 households each week.

UMFK Bengal Food Pantry

  • Serves approximately 75-100 students, many of those students rely heavily on campus and community pantries.
  • COVID has had an impact with currency conversions for some countries.  We have seen an increase in need especially with our international student population. We often hear: "this pantry helps us out so much."
  • The partnership we have with UCU allows us to keep the shelved stocked on a weekly basis. Without the contribution, we would only be able to shop once a month.

Previous Campaigns

ending hunger

Ending Hunger on Campus in Maine