Full Plates Full Potential just granted 21 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors for 2018 totaling $35,255. The goal of these initiatives is to increase the number of federally reimbursed meals served to food insecure children in their communities during summer vacation. These grants have the potential to help these twenty-one meal sites serve an additional 43,415 meals, which would mean nearly $170,000 in new USDA spending. Additionally $3,600 was invested in 12 Maine Sponsors to host midsummer ‘Spike Events’, with the goal of preventing mid-program participation drop-off.
Funding was administered by our partner Good Shepherd Food Bank. FPFP also partnered with the Horizon Foundation ($15,000) and many Feed Kids Vendors to increase our funding for summer sites: Bissell Brothers Brewing ($2,500), IDEXX ($1,215), Big Tree Hospitality ($1,500) and the Brew Bus ($500). Funded initiatives included: equipment costs needed to support opening new sites, transportation costs, staffing and enrichment costs necessary to provide regular activities to attract and engage participating children.To see the full report of 2018-2016 Summer Grants click here to download the PDF.