In June of 2014, we set out to create an organization that brought together child food insecurity stakeholders from across the state. If we were to have a chance at ending child hunger we would need to engage with public, private and non-profit organizations. All three sectors working together would give us the best chance to scale our efforts and reach kids in all corners of the state. We first got the attention of Senator Justin Alfond. The Senator has a long record of child-related advocacy and with his leadership and commitment to this issue we have set a strong foundation and set a course we feel will get us to our goal of no child hungry in Maine. Together we have been adding to our statewide network of partners that can be counted on to drive change that will lead toward our goal of ending child hunger.
In short order and a credit to our plan, we have been able to establish a strong a growing network of partners that have all agreed to invest their own resources in our shared mission. These organizations fall into two important groups.
Leadership Council (LC). The LC meets monthly to establish the direction and priorities of Full Plates Full Potential grant funding.
The list of LC member organizations includes:
The Full Plates Full Potential network is constructed from a wide range of businesses that all have a significant role to play in ending child hunger. These companies are positioned to help implement opportunities, execute raise awareness, and funds that directly connect food insecure kids in Maine with nutritious meals via our FUND LOCAL platform. These partners offer a wide variety of unique local level perspective as well as community connections in local schools. Many are already engaged in child hunger activities. Working together we can eliminate duplicative efforts, share best practices and leverage innovative ideas that have proven to end hunger.
The list of Full Plates Full Potential network organizations includes:
Full Plates Full Potential funding is derived from 5 distinct sources
Our engagement with the culinary community centers around the execution of Full Plates Full Potential branded events and partnerships with the state’s premier event management companies. Events are open to the public and provide a platform to raise awareness and funds. Full Plates Full Potential events bring together the most creative culinary minds from across our state. Chefs from all culinary backgrounds and expertise come together donating their time, talent and treasure to help us execute our events. Local celebrity chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 50 events across Maine with one goal in mind: to raise critical funds needed to help end childhood hunger.
Our fundraising success is due to the dedicated volunteers in towns across the state. These volunteers—chefs, corporate sponsors, marketing and public relations professionals, event planners, financiers and individuals who believe that no child should know hunger.