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Game Loft to Receive Oakhurst After School Meals grant

Jun 22, 2020

Portland — Full Plates Full Potential, a nonprofit working to end child hunger statewide, announced four new recipients of the Oakhurst After School Meal Grant Program, among them The Game Loft of Belfast. The four grantees were awarded $19,650 to start or expand their after-school meal programs.

The other three grantees are Bangor Regional YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Presque Isle - Aroostook Band of Micmacs, and Penobscot Nation Youth Program on Indian Island.

“School meals matter for all students, all the time,” said Anna Korsen, Full Plates Full Potential’s director of advocacy and partnerships. “Kids are hungry after a long day and getting a nutritious after-school meal gives kids the energy to learn, play and thrive. These four grantees will serve over 14,000 new after-school meals this coming year. We are grateful for our partnership with Oakhurst and for this important grant program — it allows us to continue building public awareness of after-school meals and give out more grants for schools to invest in a program. Their commitment to students is more important now than ever as these after-school programs will be distributing meals even during the pandemic.”

The State of Maine recently passed legislation supporting more nutritious meals through after-school meal programs, and Oakhurst recognized the opportunity to help build the program’s infrastructure over time. This opportunity led to Full Plates and Oakhurst creating the Oakhurst After School grant program. To date, Oakhurst After School has awarded 13 grants in 2020 to help fund equipment, training and enrichment staffing. Schools can apply for an Oakhurst After School grant at fullplates.org/grants/cacfp-at-risk-afterschool-meals-grant-program/.

“The end of the school year and all summer programs undoubtedly look a little different amidst the COVID-19 crisis — that’s why Oakhurst is thrilled that these four community-based organizations are being awarded an Oakhurst After School grant,” said John Bennett, president and CEO of Oakhurst Dairy. “Not only will these grants enable the programs to continue providing meals to children during the summer, but will also allow for infrastructure updates to help sustain Oakhurst After School when school resumes in the fall and beyond.”

About Full Plates Full Potential

Full Plates Full Potential is on a mission to end child hunger in Maine by partnering with nonprofit advocates, local businesses and restaurants, advocating for policy changes at the state level, granting funds and providing technical assistance to schools, hosting year-round events and fundraisers, and promoting the FEED KIDS cause marketing initiative. Learn more at fullplates.org.

About Oakhurst Dairy

Oakhurst is a leading dairy brand in Northern New England. While the FDA states there is no significant difference in milk from cows treated with artificial growth hormone, Oakhurst made history in 2003 when it asked its milk producers to take America’s First Farmer’s pledge not to use artificial growth hormone. The company produces milk and other dairy and juice products from its headquarters on Forest Avenue in Portland. In January 2014, Oakhurst became a wholly owned subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America, a dairy farmer-owned cooperative based in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit oakhurstdairy.com.

 

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