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Executive Vice President
Millennium Consulting Group
Owner and President
Solutions Professionals Inc.
Sales Marketing Manager
General Manager - Food and Beverage
Full Plates Full Potential
Maine chapter of Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength - Taste of the Nation, Maine
Founding member and active leader of Full Plates Full Potential, John Woods, ended the day with a short speech on how breakfast programs benefit all students regardless of age or economic income.
John T. Woods Full Plates Full Potential Contact: John Woods 617-283-7334 "The $500 grants are going to school districts tackling childhood hunger with a variety of tactics," said John Woods, a co-founder of Full Plates, FullPotential.
We at the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour have been fortunate to spend time with a wide variety of giving individuals, from Mark Swann of the Preble Street Resource Center, and Billy Shore & John Woods of Share Our Strength, to Julie Marchese of the Maine Cancer Foundation's Tri for A Cure.
"The fact that these four restaurants have teamed up to get the word out to raise funds for Share Our Strength is a call to action for other restaurants and food businesses to join us," said John Woods, Maine Chairman for Share Our Strength.
"The venue changes partly because of the availability of the venue and partly because I just like to keep things different and fresh," said John Woods, Maine chairman for Share Our Strength.
"The idea of doing it on the island is not daunting to me. There are extra things we definitely have to do, but just put it on the list and we'll knock it out. We have a really good (organizing) committee this year. I really think if we put anything in front of them, they would figure out how to do it." Each year the event is held, Woods and the organizing committee seem to find new ways to create efficiencies and lure in more sponsors so that more of the proceeds actually go to the cause and not expenses. (Those expenses do not include food-related costs. "What it really is asking the chefs to do is to find people in their network and ask them to introduce our work and the issue of childhood hunger to the people who are important to them -- their financial people, their vendors, their farmers, their suppliers," Woods said. "And they just simply have conversations and invite them in the form of a sponsorship." They were able to cut a big expense by not renting a large tent. The restaurant already has one, Woods noted, "and they gave it to us for free." Woods was also able to save money on the logistics of getting food and other supplies out to the island by tapping contributor Sysco of Northern New England, which recruited 25 volunteers and assigned them each to a chef. Woods said he hopes to do more of these dinners in the future by enlisting some of the chefs who are regulars at Taste of the Nation and bringing in new chefs to cover Taste of the Nation. Chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley of Hugo's will host another "No Kid Hungry" dinner at Hugo's sometime in January, Woods said. Woods said he'd like to have Maine's event in November this year. "I want to do the Great American Bake Sale of Maine for the entire month of November," Woods said. "That's Thanksgiving month.
John Woods from Share Our Strength, chef Jeff Landry of The Farmer's Table , and John Naylor, owner of Rosemont Market and Bakery discuss their vision for a community with enough food for all.
Our first featured guest is John Woods of Share Our Strength. Share Our Strength was featured in the June 2011 issue of Maine Magazine. SOS is working to John Woods 2