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PPS Food Fund To Address Student Hunger

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PPS Food Fund To Address Student Hunger
Posted on 12/18/2018
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A new fund is being created to support food security for Portland Public Schools students and their families and also nutrition investments and initiatives within the district.

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools will administer the new PPS Food Fund. The 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 Portland Public Schools Food Security Task Force 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.

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 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.”

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising philanthropic support to enhance educational opportunities for students in the Portland Public Schools. All contributions to the PPS Food Fund are tax deductible. 

How to Donate:

Checks should be 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
Attn: Kate Snyder, Executive Director

A secure online contribution can be made at: 

https://www.foundationforpps.org/donate/
In the Notes/Comments section of the donation interface, please write: PPS Food Fund.
(Please note – all contributions made online are assessed a fee from the payment processor (Stripe). This will decrease the amount of your gift by about 3 percent.)

For more information, please contact FPPS Executive Director Kate Snyder at 207-842-4658 or ksnyder@foundationforpps.org