Who we are:
FULL PLATES FULL POTENTIAL is ending child hunger in Maine through partnering for innovation and success.

No child should grow up hungry, but one in four children in Maine struggles with hunger. We’re working to end child hunger in Maine by connecting children to effective USDA Child Nutrition programs like school breakfast, lunch, CACFP and summer meals. This work is best accomplished through a network made up of private citizens, elected officials, non-profit organizations, business leaders, school nutrition staff, government employees and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These partners work together, implementing solutions that break down the barriers that keep children from healthy food.

We see a future where children in Maine have access to the healthy food they need, every day.  Children will get a healthy breakfast every day at school so they’re ready to learn, and they won’t have to worry about how they’re going to eat when school is out for the summer when the safety net of school meals isn’t available to them. Rather than feeling the stress of food insecurity, children will be able to be just kids and we will be a stronger community as a result.

We encourage you to become involved with the Full Plates Full Potential Network—your challenge today is to find your own unique role in our strategies—help others with your experience—and helping to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Maine children.

Who May Apply?
Any equal opportunity non-profit organization or school or municipality located within Maine or other group addressing food insecurity among low-income children in Maine. 

How are Applications Evaluated?
Applications will be reviewed by the Full Plates Full Potential Leadership Council. Programs will be judged on several criteria, including:
  • A commitment to implement a Breakfast After the Bell model (Universal/CEP, Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab 'n' Go, Second Chance Breakfast)
  • Realistic funding and implementation plans.
  • Clear identification of potential increase in meals served to children using USDA program(s) demonstrating a resolve to end student hunger.
  • Clarity and organization of the proposal and program goals.
  • Clear intent and plan to collaborate with internal and external partners (teachers, nurse, administration, parents, and local volunteer groups).

New 2017: Evaluation Rubric
The 2017 School Breakfast Mini Grants will be awarded to schools that plan to implement an alternative breakfast model for the 2017-2018 school year and require additional funds to make this happen.  Grant applications will be rated using a rubric (see page 2), by which schools will be evaluated on their model, breakfast offerings, and nutrition standards.  The rubric will allow the Full Plates Full Potential Breakfast Subcommittee to better understand schools’ plans and implementation, to ensure that granting them the money will create a partnership between the schools and Full Plates Full Potential.

Using the rubric, the School Breakfast Subcommittee will award schools a certain number of points out of thirty possible total for eight categories, which will evaluate:
  • The need level of the school
  • Plans to adopt an Alternative Breakfast Model
  • Key stakeholder involvement
  • The formation of a School Breakfast Committee
  • Marketing and visibility of the School Breakfast Program
  • Varied healthy breakfast options
  • Nutritious foods and scratch cooking
  • Willingness to become a Breakfast Champion
This rubric will allow Full Plates Full Potential to judge if grant applicants will put the money to good use, in ways that will increase breakfast participation and fill the bellies of food insecure kids.  Furthermore, it will hopefully be an investment on the part of the organization that will forge lasting relationships with food service staff who can partner with Full Plates Full Potential in years to come.

Proposals due Friday, May 26th
Notifications of decisions: Week of June 23rd

Participation numbers and anecdotal stories from October, January, and March will be due to Full Plates Full Potential, with a final report required at year end.