About Us

Full Plates Full Potential is a 501c3 organization that is dedicated to ending child hunger in Maine. We have a comprehensive plan to eliminate child hunger in Maine.

Every day, thousands of Maine children don’t get enough good, nutritious food to eat. Research by Feeding America shows that when kids lack proper nutrition, they’re less able to live up to their full potential in the classroom—and later in life, too, when they join the workforce and raise families of their own. In 2016, nearly 87,000 kids in Maine—47% of all public-school students—lived in “food insecure” households (homes where there is often not enough nutritious food to eat). Federal nutrition programs are in place to provide these much-needed meals, yet enrollment and daily participation rates fall well short of reaching these students. The USDA and the State of Maine have programs in place to provide these children with the meals they need 365 days a year. Maine children are not accessing these programs at a time in their life when nutritious meals are critical to their health and development. The situation places a significant burden on charities and philanthropic programs that are less efficient and effective at providing meals as school nutrition programs.

Maine ranks 18th in the country and #1 in New England for child food insecurity.

Full Plates Full Potential believes it’s possible to increase the number of children enrolled, participating, and consuming nutritious meals available through the safety net of child nutrition and school-based programs, eliminating child hunger in Maine within five years. It’s a challenging goal, and there is much to do, but it can be achieved through a focused strategy and with help from individuals and other public and private organizations throughout the state.  

Partners

Our partners are the cornerstone of Full Plates Full Potential. They are dedicated to our mission and we can’t end hunger without them. They are corporations, organizations and foundations. They are governors, mayors, and other public officials. They are public and nonprofit agencies. They are restaurants chefs and brewers, and everyday people just like you. In the fight to end childhood hunger, they share their talents and resources. And they share our vision and help make that vision a reality. To see some of our partners click here.