Values in Action: Centering Student Voice

By Jenn So, Full Plates Program DirectorApril 7, 2022 It has long been Full Plates Full Potential’s ambition to center the voices of those who are the most impacted by childhood hunger—the students themselves—in our work. We believe that truly transformative outcomes that center equity must be directly…

After A Bill Becomes A Law: The Importance of Implementation

By Anna Korsen, Full Plates Advocacy DirectorJanuary 27, 2022 Do you remember the old Schoolhouse Rock segment How A Bill Becomes A Law? In it, we get a concise (if a bit oversimplified) description of the process by which legislation gets signed into law. While this is an…

In a Small Island in Maine, Heroes Serve School Meals

By Diego Alonso, No Kid HungryMarch 21, 2022 Deer Isle-Stonington is a small island off the shores of Maine connected to the mainland only by a narrow suspension bridge. For generations, the community has relied on lobstering and seafaring as the main source of income. Sheila Nevells, food…

After growing up hungry in Portland, Cognac entrepreneurs help fight food insecurity in Maine

By Tim Cebula, Portland Press HeraldMarch 7, 2022 Kevin Ly, the 34-year-old founding partner of Golden Wat cognac, has a good life now, by all accounts. He’s a successful entrepreneur who earned a graduate business degree, then launched a multinational liquor brand in 2020. He’s also a family…

Everyone at the Table: Maine’s Roadmap to End Hunger by 2030

Everyone at the Table is the result of a two year-long collaboration among many Maine partners and stakeholders in the hunger relief space. Prioritizing the voices of those with lived and living experience of poverty and food insecurity, the recommendations are a direct result of centering communities and…

Breakfast After the Bell: MSAD 60

In the fall and winter of the 2021-22 school year, Full Plates awarded 19 Breakfast Grants, totaling $71,334 in funding. Additionally, we partnered with Maine’s Department of Education to disperse $21,528 of federal funds to 10 more schools. Our grant program and these federal funds prioritize Breakfast After…

Big Tree Hospitality

This Portland-based restaurant group is hell-bent on excellence in hospitality with an abiding commitment to community. Driven by relentless creativity and inspired by the bounty of New England, the James Beard Award-winning team offers one-of-a-kind dining experiences and a generosity of spirit that benefits Maine children through the…