We’re working hard to end child hunger in Maine by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast, lunch and summer meals.

This work is accomplished through the Full Plates Full Potential (FPFP) network, made up of non-profits, private citizens, government officials, business leaders, civic organizations, chefs, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These partners work together, implementing proven best practices from around the state that remove the barriers that keep kids from healthy food. The FPFP Network brings together organizations that each play a 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.

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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