A new fund is being created for Portland Public Services (PPS) students and their families and also nutrition investments and initiatives within the district.
Examples of types of donations include: paying off school lunch balances; buying food for school parties; support for the construction of a school garden or for nutrition or education; support for celebration of local food in the schools.
The Portland Public Schools Food Security Task Force was launched last year between Portland Public Schools and Cumberland County Food Security Council. This coalition of organizers is united in the belief that food fuels learning and all students have the right to nutritious food that allows them to achieve their full potential.
This past summer, the Food Security Task Force released recommendations for sustainable solutions to student hunger. The establishment of the new PPS Food Fund resulted from those recommendations.
Portland Public School’s Superintendent Xavier Botana said: “Portland Public School is a leader in Maine in ensuring that students have access to food. Our community has been very supportive of our efforts and we have had donors to step us to help to erase student lunch balances over the past year. This fund is designed to create an easy-to access avenue for this. We are grateful to the Food Security Task Force for identifying and advocating for this solution.
“The Portland community is an important partner in the learning and nourishment of its students,” said Jim Hanna, Executive Director of the Cumberland County Food Security Council. “With over half of Portland students living in families who qualify for free meals, investments in student nutrition help our children achieve their potential.”
A check should be made payable to Foundation for Portland Public Schools (or FPPS), 353 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101 Attn: Kate Snyder, Executive Director. Please write on the memo line that it is for the Food Fund.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can give in this effort.