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CNOP held an Iron Chef-style competition at Fenway High School in Boston. Three teams of students competed to create a nutritious and tasty breakfast item, which could become a regular on the Fenway breakfast menu. NECN's Jenny Johnson emceed the event, and the panel of judges included Laura Benavidez, Boston Public Schools Director of Food and Nutrition Services, DESE Director of Food and Nutrition Programs, Rob Leshin, and Project Bread's Executive Director, Ellen Parker. Read the Boston Herald article and watch a video from the event here.
For National School Breakfast Week, CNOP organized a celebration of healthy school breakfast at Waltham's Plympton Elementary School. Healthy Waltham's Chef Reva whipped up "funfetti" parfaits made with yogurt, fruit and other healthy toppings. As one student said, "There is only one word to describe these parfaits: DE-LI-CIOUS!" Read more about the event and Plympton's breakfast program here.
To combat hunger on Martha's Vineyard, community members are looking to launch a new Summer Food Service Program. CNOP helped to organize a community meeting to show residents the problem of hunger on the Vineyard and generate interest in the program. Read the full story here.
Hunger on Martha's Vineyard is a growing problem. Read more about efforts to combat this by implementing a Summer Food Service Program.
In January 2016, Salemwood School in Malden introduced a new grab n' go breakfast program, which increased their breakfast participation by more than 500%. CNOP worked with Salemwood to help implement the new program, and in late January helped to celebrate the program's success. Read more about the new program's success here.
As Vineyard Gazette reports, childhood hunger is a pressing issue on Martha's Vineyard. With the help of CNOP, residents are working to utilize programs like the Summer Food Service Program to ensure all children have access to healthy, nutritious food. Read the full article here.
Since implementing a Breakfast in the Classroom program, CT Plunkett Elementary in Adams has raised participation in breakfast from 33 percent to 91 percent! To celebrate the new program, CNOP held an event with State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi and Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco. Read more about the event at iBerkshires.com.
As Woburn Wicked Local reports, one of the biggest obstacles to getting free summer meals to kids is raising awareness of the summer meals program. The article highlights sites in Bedford, Lowell and Woburn, which feed people in those and surrounding communities.
This past summer, Rep. Jim McGovern went on his third Summer Food Rocks tour, visiting summer meal sites across Massachusetts to highlight the success of the program. MassLive featured a story about Rep. McGovern’s visit to Girls Inc., a community program in Worcester that serves girls free meals and teaches them how to prepare healthy foods.
The Patriot Ledger reported on Malden's summer food service program, which had 13 meal sites in the city this summer. The article also highlighted tools for finding summer meals sites in Massachusetts, including the Child Nutrition Outreach Programs' Summer Eats app and Text for Food.
Arlington Wicked Local ran a story highlighting programs helping to fill in gaps in the summer meals program. While the number of summer meal sites is increasing throughout Massachusetts, many children still live in areas without federally funded open site summer meal programs. The Child Nutrition Outreach Program is working to make summer programs more accessible to children who need them.
The Worcester Telegram reported on Worcester school district’s plan to expand summer meals in the community. The district launched its third mobile food truck this past summer, giving many more kids access to free, healthy meals when school is out. Read the full story here.
Leominster Public Schools implemented a Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program in two schools this year. The Leominster Champion reported on the success of the program, which helps ensure kids are full and ready to focus on lessons at the start of the school day. Find the full story here.
Worcester County is home to 68 meal sites, serving thousands of children. The Worcester Telegram highlighted the county’s program, including sites like Bartlett High School, which serves nearly 250 kids each day, and more than 11,000 total meals over the course of the summer. Find the full story here.
Radio BDC interviewed Project Bread Executive Director Ellen Parker about the Summer Food Service Program. Listen to the interview here.
For 43,000 kids in Boston who rely on free and reduced price meals, summer programs help bridge the gap between school years. Boston Public Schools has been sponsoring summer meal sites for more than 20 years, now with more than 120 locations throughout the city. Click to read the full article on Boston’s summer meal programs.
The Metrowest Daily News featured a story on summer meal programs operating in Framingham, Marlborough, and Natick, including a "non-traditional" site at a Travelodge motel in Natick. These sites serve the surrounding communities, and provide thousands of meals to children in the area. For more information, read the full article here.