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October 25, 2018

Hannaford contributes $50,000 to combat child hunger

Courtesy / Full Plates Full Potential
Courtesy / Full Plates Full Potential
Justin Alfond, co-founder of Full Plates Full Potential, at left, joins Ken Kirouac, Hannaford's Westbrook store manager; Cheryl Hinkson, Hannaford's director of operations; Chef Kerry Altiero, owner of Café Miranda in Rockland; John Woods, co-founder of Full Plates Full Potential; and Chef David Turin, owner of David's in Portland. Altiero and Turin are members of Hannaford's Chef's Table.

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.

About Hannaford Supermarkets

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. It has employs more than 26,000 employees

Hannaford Supermarkets announced on Wednesday its $50,000 contribution to Full Plates Full Potential to support the nonprofit's work in addressing 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 nonprofit working to end childhood hunger. The work is accomplished in schools and nonprofits by fully utilizing the reimbursable U.S. Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs that provide breakfast, lunch, after-school and summer meals.

Full Plates also 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 Justin Alfond, co-founder of Full Plates Full Potential. "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.

Hannaford said the donation is part of its Chef's Table program, a partnership with four local chefs who help home cooks make fresh, affordable meals by creating affordable recipes using quality and fresh ingredients sold in local Hannaford stores.

Those chefs are:

  • Kathy Gunst, food journalist and cookbook author.
  • Kerry Altiero, owner of Café Miranda in Rockland.
  • Ric Orlando, owner of New World Home Cooking and New World Bistro Bar in Albany's capital region in New York.
  • David Turin, owner of David's, David's Opus 10 in Portland and David's 388 in South Portland.

Wednesday's event was held at Westbrook Middle School, a Full Plate Full Potential grantee that has embraced making food access a priority for its students.

"Last year, 57% 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."

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