On October 24, 2018, Hannaford Supermarkets announced their contribution of $50,000 to Full Plates Full Potential to support their work to combat child hunger.
“When children have the nutritious food they need, they learn more effectively and can meet their full potential,” said Maile Buker, vice president of Marketing for Hannaford Supermarkets. “Hannaford is committed to partnering with schools and community organizations to make sure our children can access healthy food. By supporting Full Plates Full Potential in this work, we are investing in our community.”
Full Plates Full Potential is Maine’s only statewide non-profit working to end childhood hunger. The work is accomplished, in schools and nonprofits, by fully utilizing the reimbursable USDA child nutrition programs; breakfast, lunch, afterschool and summer meals. Additionally, Full Plates works with a statewide network to ensure best practices are being implemented and awards grants directly to schools and nonprofits.
“Hannaford Supermarkets has been an incredible partner in our work to end child hunger in Maine,” said Former State Senator Justin Alfond, co-founder of FPFP. “We are thrilled with Hannaford’s ongoing support. We’re going to be able to feed a lot more children.”
The $50,000 will support Full Plates Full Potential grant work, directly investing in critical infrastructure upgrades that enable schools to use best practices and feed more students. In 2018, Full Plates Full Potential invested in more than 30 schools and nonprofits, helping students access thousands of additional meals.
Today’s donation is part of the Hannaford Chef’s Table program. The Chef's Table is a partnership between Hannaford and four local chefs who maintain the same passion for building community and helping home cooks make fresh, affordable meals. The program features affordable recipes using quality and fresh ingredients created by the participating chefs in local Hannaford stores. Hannaford has played a critical role supporting child nutrition programs across Maine, New England and upstate New York.
The event was held at Westbrook Middle School, a Full Plate Full Potential grantee. Westbrook has fully embraced making food access a priority for their students. “Last year, 57 percent of our students qualified for free and reduced lunch,” said Mary Emerson, Westbrook’s Nutritional Food Director. “Food security is a definite issue for families in our community.”
About Full Plates Full Potential
Started in 2015, Full Plates Full Potential is Maine’s only statewide child hunger organization. Full Plates Full Potential does its work by partnering with other hunger relief organizations, granting funds and providing technical support to schools and nonprofits and working with chefs, businesses and others to end child hunger. Learn more at www.fullplates.org.