Today at Westbrook Middle School, Oakhurst Dairy President John Bennett announced that the company will be donating $300,000 over the next three years to feed Maine’s students. The donation will be in partnership with Full Plates, Full Potential to fund the Oakhurst After School meal grant program. An initial $30,000 in grants will go to two school districts and seven nonprofits to get their programming underway. In addition to Bennett’s announcement, remarks were provided by Justin Alfond of Full Plates, Full Potential, Governor Janet Mills, Westbrook Superintendent Peter Lancia, and Westbrook Middle School 8th grader, Jake Mitchell.
The Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Team, including Director Walter Beaseley and Child and Adult Care Food Program Contract Specialist Alyssa Mank work closely with Full Plates, Full Potential to support innovative school nutrition programs that address food insecurity for Maine students, and were praised for their collaborative efforts.
At the end of today’s announcement, students from Westbrook Middle School’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program surrounded Governor Mills for a photo opportunity.