Feeding Hungry Maine Kids
Inn by the Sea supports Full Plates, Full Potential with 3 programs to help feed hungry kids in Maine
Inn by the Sea is providing a child with school breakfast and lunch for a year with a single donation to a fall program initiated by Full Plates, Full Potential, a coalition of community leaders working to end childhood hunger in Maine. (www.fullplates.org ) According to the coalition, 43% of Maine students K through 12 rely on school meals in normal times, but due to the complex challenges brought on by COVID-19 these numbers are predicted to increase by an additional 40%.
The annual End of Summer fundraising dinner, which raised $60,000. last year, and planned for September 2020 at Inn by the Sea, had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. But the need to support programs that connect eligible kids to the food they need to thrive is more critical than ever. Inn by the Sea is supporting Full Plates, Full Potential through three programs this year.
Summer Meal Program:
Inn by the Sea, like so many Maine businesses, closed in early spring due to the virus. But during that time Sea Glass Chef Andrew Chadwick continued to create and serve “to go” meals for curbside pickup. Sea Glass and Inn by Sea donated $2.00 for every “to go” meal sold to the community through mid-June to Full Plates, Full Potential. School was also suddenly suspended in March, leaving children who depended on cafeteria meals without access to nutrition. Full Plates, Full Potential stepped in, using summer donations to support programs that connected food insecure children to meals remotely, even while school was out. Inn by the Sea’s “to go” program donated a final tally of $1,500. to support the summer program.
Fall Meal Programs:
Now that some children are finally heading back to school, Full Plates, Full Potential reports that on top of feeding more children the costs of food and safe packaging has soared. Schools have had to add expensive individual disposable packaging, costly PPE and other nonfood related safety protocols pushing their costs up by as much as 4 to 10 times.
No child should be hungry during this pandemic. Full Plates has come up with a simple fall program that allows individuals and community to support their efforts this fall. A donation of $49. provides a child one breakfast and lunch for 7 days, or $98. buys 14 days of meals, or $196. provides a child breakfast and lunch for 28 days, or $616. covers half the year. Please join in helping to feed Maine kids. Inn by the Sea has chosen to support a child for a full year with both breakfast and lunch with a donation of $1,225.
Feed Kids Partners:
As part of an ongoing partnership, Inn by the Sea and many other local businesses are offering donations connected to specific items. For participating businesses please check the Full Plates site here: https://www.fullplates.org/feed-kids-partners/#business-partners
Join us in the Sea Glass lounge or seaside deck for a cocktail and share a plate. Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea will donate $1. for every purchase of one of Chef Chadwick’s popular appetizers throughout the year.
(Image, John Woods, one of the founders of Full Plates, Full Potential speaks with Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea Chef Andrew Chadwick.)
Sea Glass restaurant overlooking Crescent Beach is located at Inn by the Sea, at 40 Bowery Beach Road in Cape Elizabeth and is open to the public 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner year around. Reservations recommended 207.799.3134. www.innbythesea.com