(NEWS CENTER Maine) — On May 3, NEWS CENTER Maine held its first Feed Maine Telethon to help end food insecurity in Maine. Volunteers from several organizations joined forces with NEWS CENTER Maine to answer calls at the in-studio phone banks in Portland and Bangor.

As of this writing, NEWS CENTER Maine’s 2018 Feed Maine Telethon has accepted donations from individual donors and sponsors totaling $133,891, in addition to $7,620 in pledged donations.

Along with the $25,912 that was donated to Feed Maine program prior to the telethon—the grand total so far is $159,803.

For every donation of one dollar, four meals can be distributed by Good Shepherd Food Bank. That means the monetary amount would allow for 639,212 meals to be distributed throughout Maine.

Partnering with Good Shepherd Food Bank, NEWS CENTER Maine launched the year-round Feed Maine program in September 2017. The goal is to raise money to supply 1,000,000 meals to help people across our state gain access to nutritious food when and where they need and to ultimately help end food insecurity in Maine.

Maine ranks seventh in the nation and first in New England in terms of food insecurity. No one, young or old, should wonder where their next meal is coming from.

More than 200,000 Mainers are food insecure, meaning they lack access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life.

“With the Feed Maine project, NEWS CENTER Maine is being true to our mission—to make life better for Mainers. As a result, the Good Shepherd Food Bank will be able to provide hundreds of thousands of meals to families throughout Maine,” stated Brian Cliffe President and General Manager of WCSH.

“No one should go hungry and we are so grateful for those Mainers that donated to our mission through Feed Maine. We applaud the selflessness of all Mainers who lend a hand and want to help make the place we live, work and play better,” added Judy Horan, President and General Manager of WLBZ.

The opportunity to donate to Feed Maine is still open. Please visit FeedMaine.com to donate today.