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. 

Applications are accepted at any time.  Full Plates Full Potential Leadership Council will evaluate proposals once per month.
Breakfast proposals should be submitted by Friday, May 6th.

How are Applications Evaluated?

Applications will be reviewed by the Full Plates Full Potential Leadership Council. Programs will be judged on several criteria, including:
  • 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, local volunteer groups) on the project.
What we expect:
  • Ability to provide full reporting in a timely fashion