PORTLAND — A Maine group that works to combat child hunger said it is awarding more than $80,000 to school districts and nonprofit organizations around the state.

Full Plates Full Potential works with dairy brand Oakhurst on the Oakhurst After School Meal Program. Full Plates Full Potential said the program is giving almost $83,000 to five school systems and eight nonprofit groups.

The grants are designed to create free after school meal programs for children who need them. Recipients of the grants include Bath Area YMCA, Westbrook Public Schools and Alfond Youth Center.

The coronavirus pandemic has “challenged schools and enrichment programs over these last two years,” making the grants even more vital, said Justin Strasburger, executive director of Full Plates Full Potential.

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