PPS Food Fund Update: The families of many Portland Public Schools students are food insecure, and those students depend on daily school meals to get enough to eat. Our food insecure PPS families also can’t afford to stock up on food during this pandemic the way other more-advantaged families can. Donating to the PPS Food Fund can help get these families through this crisis.
The PPS Food Fund is a collaboration by the Foundation for PPS and Food Fuels Learning (FFL) to help ensure food security for PPS students and is made possible through generous donations by the community.
This fund is intended to support food security for students and their families with investments identified by the Portland Public Schools Food Security Task Force.
Examples of types of donations include:
- Paying off school lunch balances
- Buying food for school pantries
- Support for the construction of a school garden or for nutrition education
- Support for celebrations of local food in the schools
The Food Fuels Learning Initiative was launched last year by the Portland Public Schools and Cumberland County Food Security Council. This coalition of organizations is united in the belief that food fuels learning and all students have the right to nutritious food that allows them to attain their full potential.
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana said: “PPS 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 step up 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.”
For more information on food insecurity in the local area, the Cumberland County Food Security Council has more information.
Donations to the fund will go towards such needs as paying off student school lunch balances, buying food for school pantries; supplying materials to construct a school garden or supporting nutrition education; and supporting celebrations of local food in the schools.
Check made payable to:
Foundation for Portland Public Schools (or FPPS)
In the memo line, please write: PPS Food Fund
353 Cumberland Avenue
Portland, ME 04101