As part of our credit union network’s commitment to help end hunger in Maine, the League is joining Full Plates Full Potential’s Leadership Council. Because Full Plates Full Potential’s network is constructed from a wide range of businesses that all have a significant role to play in ending child hunger, it was a natural fit for our League to join the Council. Full Plates Full Potential is the only statewide child hunger organization solely focused on ending child hunger in Maine.
Many of our credit unions had an opportunity to meet Justin Alfond, Treasurer and Secretary of Full Plates Full Potential, at our Campaign for Ending Hunger luncheon in February. He shared daunting statistics about childhood hunger in Maine which amplify the need to take action.
- Nearly 200,000 Mainers, 55,000 of which are children are living with food insecurity.
- Food insecurity measures a families’ ability to access enough food to provide three meals a day.
- 1 out of every 5 Maine kids struggles with hunger – the highest child hunger rate in all of New England.
- Hunger, though often invisible, affects everyone. It impacts a child’s health and can be a culprit of obesity, acute and chronic illnesses, and other medical concerns.
“Collaboration is critical for addressing hunger in Maine,” said Tim Brooks, League Vice President of Corporate Marketing. “Working with Full Plates Full Potential and their member organizations will better position all of us in reaching our shared goal of ending food insecurity in our state.”
To learn more about Full Plates Full Potential, visit their website at www.fullplates.org