Developing Innovative Child Hunger Solutions

No child should grow up hungry in Maine, but one in four children in our state struggles with hunger. Full Plate Full Potential’s Go Big for Hunger campaign is ending childhood hunger in Maine by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

We’re ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the Full Plates Full Potential network, made up of private citizens, government officials, nonprofits, business leaders, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These partners work together, implementing solutions that break down the barriers that keep kids from healthy food.

Learn more below about how the Go Big for Hunger campaign - through its programs, platforms and initiatives - connects kids in need with nutritious food and engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.

State and Community-based Partners

We’ve created state-based campaigns, and have invested in organizations across the state to bring local solutions to the problem of childhood hunger.  

Child Nutrition Program Grant Opportunities

For organizations operating Child Nutrition Programs, including School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program, a grant can be leveraged to expand organizational capacity, invest in equipment, provide quality programming, and improve meal quality. Supplemental funding can play a vital role in program expansion- ensuring that every child has the opportunity to receive a free, healthy meal. Below is a compilation of existing grant funding, either directed at site programs and activities, meal programs, organization capacity, and program implementation.  

Please Note: This list is only a summary and provides a foundation for funding opportunities. Some of the listed grants have not yet released 2017 funding opportunities and some deadlines have already passed. Please check the organization’s website for more information and additional opportunities.

School Breakfast Programs | Summer Programming

School Breakfast Programs Partnerships
  • Maine Hunger Initiative
  • Mini-grants to increase school breakfast participation through alternative serving models.
Summer Meal Program Partnerships
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank
  • Mini-grants to increase school breakfast participation through alternative serving models.

 See 2017 grant details here >