Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's
In February the USDA released the new 2010 census data to determine area eligibility for the SFSP. The release of the new data means that many communities in MA, or sections of existing SFSP communities, may be newly area eligible to have open SFSP sites! Please visit FRAC’s SFSP mapping tool or contact CNOP to determine n whether your community is newly eligible for the SFSP!
Summer Food Service Program Reimbursement Rates (Combined)
January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
2012 Per Meal Rates
In Whole or Fractions of U.S. Dollars
Except Alaska and Hawaii
|Rural or Self-Prep Sites||All Other Types of Sites|
|Lunch or Supper||3.3800||3.3250|
This year’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Kickoff event was a great success! Sponsors from around the state attended the kickoff, along with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education DESE, the USDA, and Project Bread. This year’s kickoff was centered on inventive outreach models that incentivize children and teens around the state to participate in the SFSP in communities throughout Massachusetts. If you were unable to attend, please note some of the highlights from the day:
Project Bread is proud to offer Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Sponsor and Site Incentive Grants once again for the 2012 summer season.
If you are a new or existing Summer Food Service Program sponsor you can apply for up to a total of $5,000 in grant funds.
Funds may be used for one or more of the following grant categories:
Applications must be submitted electronically to Dennis_Mercier@projectbread.org. by Friday, April 13th.
All grant guidelines and downloadable applications can be found here.
On January 25th, 2012 First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA’s new and improved nutrition standards for school meals, the first major changes in 15 years.
The new standards for school meals will increase access to healthier meals for 32 million children that participate in school meal programs every school day.
Changes to the school meal standards include:
Key changes will be largely phased in over a three-year period, starting in the 2012-2013 school year.
Please check our Child Nutrition Policy page regularly for updates regarding the new standards for school meals.
It’s finally upon us! National School Breakfast Week is here and this year’s theme is “School Breakfast – Go for Gold.” Go for Gold will highlight how eating a healthy balanced breakfast at school helps students shine, both physically and academically. This campaign will help students learn about the importance of eating healthy and of maintaining an active life-style. The goals for this week align perfectly with USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge, as well as with the First Lady's Let's Move campaign. Make sure to visit the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) website for complete details on how you can implement this theme into your breakfast programs. SNA offers several tools and resources available for download, including: parent brochures, “Go for Gold” themed student activity sheets, and information on a T-Shirt design contest.
CNOP’s second annual school breakfast video contest, School Breakfast –Eat. Film. Screen., also kicks off Monday, March 5th. Middle school and high school students will have 30 days to submit their creative filmography. Videos must be 30 seconds or less and should showcase the benefits eating a healthy breakfast at school. Entries can be submitted by individuals, groups of four or less, or by an entire class. Students will compete for a chance to win cool prizes like a $1,000 Visa gift card and the opportunity to have their video screened on WHDH-TV’s “Urban Update.” Additional contest information as well as the specifics on how you can promote this contest within your schools can be found here.
This summer CNOP will connect SFSP sponsors with student interns, based on interest and geography. If you are interested in having an intern assist with your SFSP, please let us know which of the following categories you need help with: program implementation, administrative duties, food preparation, or an alternative category. If we match you with an intern, we encourage you to contact this individual and conduct a phone or in-person interview, as CNOP will not be conducting interviews or screenings with potential interns.
Also, if you know of a person who would like to be an intern, please contact CNOP and we’d be happy to try and find them a SFSP sponsor with whom to work.