Key Dates in Our History

Key Dates

Full Plates Full Potential Timeline

February 2016: Whole Foods Market Portland joins as a Full Plates Full Potential State and Event sponsor. Whole Foods Market plans to schedule a number of events through the year to help raise awareness and funding for local schools to implement and support underutilized USDA Child Nutrition Programs.

January 2016: Catholic Charities Maine joins the Leadership Council for Full Plates Full Potential. Catholic Charities sponsors 500 day care centers around the state allowing them to provide services to low income families. Day care centers have an opportunity to provide reimbursable meals using the Federal CACFP program guidelines.

December 2015: The second annual Full Plates Full Potential Benefit Dinner at Flanagan’s Table will take place on December 6th. Chopped Champion Chef Rob Evans has invited a spectacular team of past Hugo’s Chef de Cuisine to join him to put on a 10 course-tasting menu much like what they offered during their time at Hugo’s. In addition, the chefs will be offering once in a lifetime auction items to help raise funds to support initiatives that feed children here in our state.

October 2015: Working in partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank Full Plates Full Potential broadened the relationship with Harvest on the Harbor.

September 2015: Full Plates Full Potential partner Maine Hunger Initiative received a grant amounting to $50.000 from national partner Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry campaign to increase breakfast participation in Maine’s schools.

July 2015: Full Plates Full Potential granted funds to Let’s Go 5210 to launch an awareness campaign to increase school lunch participation. – See more at:

July 2015: Full Plates Full Potential was chosen as a winner to receive a 2015 Giraffe Award in the Organizational Award category presented by the Maine Children’s Alliance. The annual Giraffe Awards are a way for the Maine Children’s Alliance to honor individuals, businesses and non-profits that go above and beyond in their efforts to make life better.

June 2015: The Rotary Club of Portland becomes a core network partner of Full Plates Full Potential and commits to ending student hunger in the 15 Portland schools by 2020.

June 2015: The Kennebunkport Festival selected Full Plates Full Potential to be the charitable partner pledging $60,000 from the event this year. In addition the festival allowed us to raise awareness of child hunger and critical funds for network partner’s to address child hunger.

May 2015: Allagash Brewing Company hosted the Wild Friendship Celebration — a fundraiser for “Full Plates Full Potential,” an initiative to end childhood hunger in Maine.

April 2015: Full Plates Full Potential announced it’s first grant to the Good Shepherd Food Bank Summer Meal Site program launched in communities across the state with dedicated focus on connecting kids to summer meals.

March 2015: Establishment of the Full Plates Full Potential Leadership Council and Action Committee.

December 2014: The Rooms chef/owner Harding Lee Smith hosted a New Years Eve Gala benefitting Full Plates Full Potential and raised over $10,000 in one night to provide nutritious meals to children in Maine.

December 2014: First Full Plates Full Potential Benefit Dinner was held at Flanagan’s Table in Buxton by six of Portland best known chefs. Chefs Rob Evans, Sam Hayward, Lee Skawinski, Steve Corry, Larry Matthews and Jeff Landry raised over $23,000.

June 2014: Work began as part of and alongside the State of Maine Task Force to End Student Hunger. Full Plates Full Potential helped shape the 5 year plan adopted by the state to end child hunger in our schools.

June 2014: Inspired by the work of national organizations like Share Our Strength, Feeding America, The Texas Hunger Initiative and Hunger Free Colorado, Full Plates Full Potential was launched to end child hunger in Maine.


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