About Us

Our Story

Full Plates Full Potential is a coalition of community leaders, stakeholders and advocates working to end child hunger in Maine. Started in 2014 by John Woods and Justin Alfond, the organization was born out of the work of the Maine Legislature’s Task Force to End Student Hunger. Through that work, we realized that Maine desperately needed a statewide organization focused solely on maximizing participation in federal child nutrition programs.

Over the last five years, we have awarded 164 grants totaling more than $320,000 across all sixteen counties, and worked with schools and community organizations to expand children’s access to meals — and we’re just getting started.

What We Do

Today, 43% of all Maine Public School children rely on school meals to get the nutrition they need. And even though these students qualify for school meals, too many of them face barriers to accessing school meals. We work to ensure that every eligible child has access to nutritious food so that they can learn, grow and thrive.

Our work focuses on increasing participation in school breakfast, afterschool meals, and summer meal programs. Through advocacy, technical assistance, and our FEED KIDS Grants, we work directly with schools across the state to help them feed more kids.

Our work is guided by Full Plates Full Potential’s Leadership Council that’s comprised of Maine’s leading child hunger experts. Our Leadership Council helps drive our work and ensures that we are funding best practices and advocating for changes in state child nutrition policy.

Meet our Team

Full Plates Full Potential is made up of a Board of Directors, staff, our partner organizations who make up our Leadership Council, and other supporting partners.

Board of Directors

John Woods

President

Laura Pineo

Vice President

Justin Alfond

Co-Director, Board Treasurer & Secretary

Kevin Concannon

Board Member

Julie Butcher Pezzino

Board Member

Ericka Dodge

Board Member

Ben Ramsdell

Board Member

Staff

Emily Merrigan

Events Director

Anna Korsen

Director of Advocacy & Partnerships

Rebecca Dill

FEED KIDS Director

Jenn So

Senior Program Officer

Leadership Council

Full Plates Full Potential's Leadership Council meets quarterly to establish the direction and priorities of our shared work.

Full Plates Full Potential Supporting Organizations

The Full Plates Full Potential supporting organizations are 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, raise awareness, and invest funds that directly connect food-insecure kids in Maine with nutritious meals.

Our Financials

Transparency and accountability are important. Click below to view our latest financial report.

See Financial Report

Contact Us

Questions or comments about our organization and what we do? We want to hear from you! Fill out our contact form with your name, email address, and message, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

188 State Street
Suite 407
Portland, ME 04101