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
Co-Director, Board Treasurer & Secretary
Julie Butcher Pezzino
Director of Advocacy & Partnerships
FEED KIDS Director
Senior Program Officer
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.
Transparency and accountability are important. Click below to view our latest financial report.See Financial Report
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188 State Street
Portland, ME 04101