Our mission is to build food security in schools through comprehensive research and community-based action.
We believe all students have the right to nutritious, culturally appropriate food that allows them to attain their full potential.
Food Fuels Learning was started by a parent who saw children coming to school hungry. With the support of the Superintendent and the Cumberland County Food Security Council, this community-driven effort was born. Meeting with over 200 members of the Portland, Maine community about their greatest successes and struggles within the school food system, we published the 2018 Food Fuels Learning report with recommendations from Portland Public School food security champions. In January 2019, we published our Toolkit to provide an accessible guideline for how other schools and districts might perform a similar school food security assessment and initiative. Food Fuels Learning continues to be a network of caring and dedicated champions who work to ensure students are nourished and thriving. Now in our implementation phase, we work in community-based action groups to achieve the recommendations outlined in our 2018 report.