WE’RE WORKING HARD TO END CHILD HUNGER IN MAINE BY CONNECTING KIDS TO EFFECTIVE NUTRITION PROGRAMS LIKE SCHOOL BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND SUMMER MEALS AND MORE.

Work is accomplished through the Full Plates Full Potential network of non-profits, private citizens, government officials, business leaders, civic organizations, chefs, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Partners work together, implementing proven best practices that remove the barriers that keep kids from healthy food. Each plays a critical role in our ability to reach children with the meals they need to thrive where they live, learn and play. Each has a strategy that delivers nutritious food to the child wherever they are in order to remove barriers that keep them from accessing the available meals. Barriers like funds, stigma, time, and transportation.

WE ARE BRINGING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO HELP SOLVE CHILD HUNGER AT SCALE.

FUND LOCAL™

Fund Local™ empowers public schools from across Maine to request support on the Fund Local™ platform that will lead to the end of child hunger in their school/district. Providing much-needed funding, materials, and experiences to take full advantage of the available USDA Child Nutrition funding. Right now, there are requests that you can help bring to life with a gift of any amount.

Are you a public school teacher in need of funding?

Start your first project.

FEED KIDS™

The FEED kids™ program is a turnkey cause marketing and civic crowdfunding initiative designed for businesses of all sizes and industries to take action toward ending child hunger in Maine. Every dollar raised helps connect a kid with ten meals.

Online Enrollment Coming Soon!

Fundraising & Awareness EVENTS

Full Plates Full Potential events are held all year long. Bringing together the state’s best chefs, microbrewers, wine and spirit purveyors to create these unique events in their efforts to end childhood hunger.

The creativity and generosity of Maine’s award-winning culinary community make our events the most successful fundraising events in Maine. 100% of all proceeds go directly support the effort to end childhood hunger in Maine.

Attendees come to expect the latest creations from Maine’s top chefs along with premium wine and spirits, local beers, live entertainment, and dancing, along with a top-notch auction. It’s a perfect place to explore all the best our culinary community has to offer and share in the common cause of ending childhood hunger.

Full Plates Full Potential is now a Maine nonprofit corporation that has applied for 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service.  Full Plates Full Potential is currently awaiting the determination of the Internal Revenue Service on this application. If this determination is favorable, your contribution will be deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Be Generous.

Full Plates Full Potential has taken major steps to end child hunger in Maine. And yet, 1 out of every 5 kids in Maine struggles with hunger and aren’t getting the resources they need. That accounts for nearly 50% of all public-school-aged children in the state. Childhood hunger is a major problem in our country and state – but it is solvable. Donate today and help us end child hunger in Maine.

Common Questions

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"How is my donation feeding hungry kids?"

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Full Plates Full Potential is working to end child hunger in Maine through our #GoBigforHunger campaign by connecting children in need to food where they live, learn and play. Hand in hand with ...
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"Can I Hold a Personal Fundraiser to Support Full Plates Full Potential?"

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Yes, Full Plates Full Potential’s welcomes all to make a difference in the lives of hungry kids in Maine. Do you love to run? Use your participation in an upcoming fitness event to fundraise and ...
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"How can I volunteer?"

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There are many ways to get involved with our programming and culinary events. Whether you’re helping launch a summer meal site, recruit chefs, finding sponsors, planning logistics or work ...
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"What can my generation do to help?"

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You can help make eating a celebration at school and eliminate the stigma associated with free or reduced-price lunch. You can demand that your school have open and honest conversations about ...
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"How long will it take to end child hunger?"

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It’s tough to quantify in years. The goal of the five-year plan is by 2020 to have increased access to nutritional food from all the USDA programs. Five years is a bold goal but we need to ...
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"What is needed to end child hunger?"

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There are a few core pieces: We need continued publicity and awareness around the depth of childhood hunger statewide. Individuals across Maine can help. We need businesses large and small, ...
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"What gives you hope that we will be able to end child food insecurity in Maine?"

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I know we can end childhood food insecurity because so many people, organizations, businesses and government are now working collaboratively. The state of Maine has a five-year blueprint to end ...
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"Where do you see the greatest opportunities to end child hunger?"

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Maine can end childhood hunger by increasing participation in the federal USDA programs that fund breakfast, lunch, afterschool and summertime meal programs. To increase participation, every ...
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