CHAMPS Portland

Through the Cities Combating Hunger Through Afterschool Meals Programs (CHAMPS) project, the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center, has provided grant funding and technical assistance to 44 city government agencies to expand participation in the Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs.

Population: 66,318 (2013)

Project Lead: The City of Portland’s Health and Human Services Department

City Leadership:

Portland Mayor Michael F. Brennan and the City Manager of Portland have provided leadership support for this initiative.

·        Need:

  • 14.1% of Portland residents live below the federal poverty line
  • 53.57% of students enrolled at Portland Public Schools are eligible for free and reduced school meals

Key Partners: Portland Public SchoolsPortland Health and Human Services Department, and the Maine Hunger Initiative.

Afterschool and Summer Meal Program Successes:

·        Summer:

  • 22 sites, increased from 16
  •  1,400 children served on an average day
  • 36,278 meals served

·        Afterschool:

  • 7 sites, increased from 0
  • 52 operating days
  • 315 children served on an average day

Key Outreach Strategies: The City of Portland’s Health and Human Services Department created and distributed outreach materials to families served by Portland Public Schools. These informational materials contain multilingual content, including a map of all meal sites, that provides information on where and when meals are available.  

Primary Author & NLC Contact
Jamie Nash
Institute for Youth, Education & Families

Updated July 2015

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