Dear Child hunger champion,

We're excited to share our first quarterly newsletter with you! There's a lot going on in the world of child hunger and, as a supporter of our work, we hope that you find these updates to be a helpful way to catch up and stay informed. 

We entered this fiscal year still basking in the glow of having successfully led the charge to pass landmark School Meals for All legislation, but have quickly turned our attention to all the work that lays in front of us, including ensuring the full funding and successful implementation of this bill.

I encourage you to read on to learn more about our current efforts, and know that none of this would be possible without your support and that of so many others. Whether you donate, participate in our advocacy efforts, or just help us spread our message, you are playing a critical role in ending child hunger in Maine. Thank you!

In partnership,

Justin Strasburger, Executive Director

 

#SchoolMealsMatterToME

Earlier this month, we hosted School Meals Celebration Week. Our partners and community members came together to celebrate the value of school meals and why #SchoolMealsMatterToME. Here are some of the highlights:

Read some words of appreciation for school food heroes! Add your own thank you note here

Watch a recording of our virtual panel discussion featuring partners and experts in child food security

 

Follow our hashtag on social media to see why #SchoolMealsMatterToME

 

Policy & Advocacy

Full Plates and our advocacy partners have had a big year! We worked together to make Maine one of the first states in the nation to provide school meals at no cost to all students and increased funding to provide more local food in schools. While we celebrate these big wins, we continue the push to secure the rest of the state funding needed for School Meals for All and work with our members of Congress to expand federally-funded free school meals. Learn more about our successes and what we're working on now!

 

Meet Keirstin & Eliza!

In August, two new staffers joined the Full Plates Full Potential team. Keirstin and Eliza hit the ground running in their new roles as Donor Engagement & Events Manager and Operations & Communications Coordinator, respectively. Learn more about our new colleagues and join us in giving them a warm welcome! Read more

Full Plates Program Director Joins the Network Leadership Institute

This fall, Jenn So joined the 2021-2022 cohort of values-motivated food system leaders who demonstrate deep engagement with and commitment to the New England food system. We're excited for this opportunity for Jenn and to be able to leverage her learnings here in Maine. Read more

 

Full Plates in the News

John T. Woods Innovation Fund: Full Plates honors a legacy of innovation. Read more

School Meal Mobile: Thanks to our partnership with Hannaford, new van delivers almost 50,000 summer meals to Lewiston students. Read more

 

Full Plates teams up with JMG to elevate student voices in addressing food insecurity in Maine schools.
Read more

 
 

Check out the everyday ways Maine businesses are helping make Maine a better place to be a kid.

 
 

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Full Plates Full Potential
14 Maine Street Box 3 | Brunswick, Maine 04011
 info@fullplates.org

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