The Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP) works to increase participation in two underutilized federal child nutrition programs, the National School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and administered by Project Bread, CNOP has been supporting school nutrition directors, superintendents, principals, and other school personnel since 1994. Although the team focuses primarily on assisting low-income communities with a high percentage of children eligible for free and reduced price school meals, the CNOP team is available to assist all school districts within Massachusetts. CNOP offers a wide variety of free resources to ensure that all children in MA have access to and utilize these important programs.
The Child Nutrition Outreach Program provides the following services:
General Outreach Support
- Fresh Focus, a bi-monthly e-newsletter with ideas for school breakfast and summer meal promotion, information on grant opportunities, and child nutrition program updates.
- Resource sharing library on the meals4kids.org website, where school nutrition directors and other school personnel can share useful resources generated by peers in the industry.
School Breakfast Outreach Support
- Individualized outreach strategies for school nutrition directors, superintendents, principals, teachers, nurses, and other school staff to help increase school breakfast participation.
- Technical assistance to schools to introduce or expand school breakfast programs.
- Free, multilingual school breakfast promotional materials to download or order online, including brochures, flyers, letters, tear off pads, and other resources.
- Financial analysis with district specific data to determine the economic impact of implementing new breakfast models.
Summer Food Service Program Outreach Support
- Assistance to sponsors, vendors, and community members to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and ensure that children in targeted communities receive adequate nutrition during the summer months.
- Technical assistance for the introduction and expansion of the SFSP.
- Organization of and participation in community meetings regarding the SFSP.
- Free, multilingual SFSP outreach materials to download or order online, including posters, brochures, door hangers, tear off pads, and other resources.
- Strategies to assist sponsors in purchasing local produce and providing fresh and healthy meals to children during the summer.
- Information about the location of summer meal sites including community specific online maps, available in English and Spanish.