Financial grants awarded to six school districts


May 10th, 2016

Contact: John Woods 617-283-7334
Justin Alfond 207-232-4187

Full Plates Full Potential awards financial grants to six school districts

PORTLAND — Full Plates, Full Potential — a statewide campaign to end childhood hunger — has announced the winners of their first enrollment challenge.

The contest challenged schools to encourage families to fill out and return their free application for free and reduced price lunch for school-aged children. The free and reduced-price lunch program is a proven method of fighting childhood hunger.

More than 60 school districts from all 16 counties responded to the challenge, and six were chosen to receive $500 for their plans to increase outreach strategies. Winners include the following school districts:

Augusta Public Schools
Greenville School Department
Union 122
Winthrop Public Schools

“The $500 grants are going to school districts tackling childhood hunger with a variety of tactics,” said John Woods, a co-founder of Full Plates, FullPotential. “One in four children in Maine struggle with food insecurity and these grants will help schools innovate to fight hunger.”

Full Plates, Full Potential was launched in late 2014 by food directors, nonprofit leaders fighting childhood hunger, businesses and governmental officials. The campaign is working to end child hunger in Maine by connecting children to effective USDA Child Nutrition programs such as school breakfast, lunch, after-school programs and summer meals.

“Six school districts can now move forward with their solutions to breaking down the barriers that keep children from healthy food,” said Sen. Justin Alfond, a co-founder of Full Plates Full Potential. “Schools will use this funding to develop an online application for families to return their paperwork to hosting workshops for families and the community.”

Full Plates Full Potential has been instrumental in passing a variety of statewide bills including the Task Force to End Student Hunger, the Commission to End Student Hunger and supported LD 1472, which would have streamlined an application to get more nutritious food to at-risk seniors and children.