In The Press

From WGBH News
"Why Some Kids May Be Happy To Start School: Free Lunch"

During the summer, Worcester Public Schools helps feed children in the city. WGBH highlighted several feeding sites, including libraries and food trucks, that help bridge the summer hunger gap. Listen to the story here

From Waltham Patch
"Newton-Wellesley Hospital Partners with Project Bread and Waltham Boys and Girls Club to Provide Lunches to Waltham Children"

A grant from Partners Healthcare and Newton-Wellesley Hospital helped Waltham, and many other communities throughout the state, expand participation in the SFSP. CNOP held an event in collaboration with Partners to highlight the SFSP in Waltham. Read about the event on Waltham Patch. 

From Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Worcester raises efforts to fight child hunger through summer"

The Telegram covered Congressman's McGovern's visit to the Friendly House as part of his fourth annual Summer Food Rocks Tour. The paper reported on Worcester's 2017 goal to feed an estimated 50,000 people this summer, a 40 percent increase from last year's 35,000. 

From Sentinel & Enterprise
"McGovern spotlights meals program run by Leominster's Spanish American Center"

The Sentinel reported on Congressman McGovern's visit to the Riverside Village Housing Development, the first stop on his 2017 Summer Food Rocks Tour. State Representative Natalie Higgins was on hand to help hand out meals and observe the program. Neddy Latimer, Director for the Spanish American Center, noted that meal sites in the Leominster area, sponsored by the Spanish American Center, help nearly 900 children and teens per day. 

From Greenfield Recorder
" 'As important as a textbook' McGovern stresses importance of summer meals programs"

The Greenfield Recorder reported on Congressman McGovern's roundtable discussion in Athol, his second stop on the 2017 Summer Food Rocks Tour. Many local leaders and community groups met at the Athol Community Elementary School to discuss the unique challenges associated with feeding children and teens in rural areas. 

From Greenfield Recorder
"Youths do lunch with McGovern"

The Greenfield Recorder reported on Congressman McGovern's visit to Oak Courts housing development as part of the 2017 Summer Food Rocks Tour. State Representative Paul Mark was on hand to meet with families and discuss the importance of the Summer Food Service Program. 

From Milford Daily News

"Low income children face summer meals gap"

Milford Daily News highlighted SFSP programs in the Metrowest area, showing how they help shorten the hunger gap many children in the area face during the summer. Read more at Milford Daily News

From Worcester Channel 3 TV
"McGovern raises awareness about summer meals program"

As part of the annual Summer Food Rocks tour, Congressman Jim McGovern visited summer meal sites in Worcester, Athol, Leominster, and Greenfield. See highlights from his tour on Worcester News Tonight

From Boston Herald
" 'Iron Chef' team proves its mettle"

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

From Waltham Patch
"Waltham Officials Visit Plympton for National School Breakfast Week"

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.  

From Waltham Wicked Local
"Plympton Celebrates National School Breakfast Week"


For National School Breakfast Week, CNOP organized a celebration of healthy school breakfast at Waltham's Plympton Elementary School. Waltham Wicked Local covered the event here. CNOP's Maura Ackerman noted Plympton's program saying, "By serving a nutritious breakfast, schools like Plympton Elementary are equaling the playing field, ensuring that—regardless of means—all students receive the food they need to fuel healthy growth and development, enabling them to begin each day ready to learn."

From MV Times
"Islanders discuss how to feed hungry kids in the summer"

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


From Vineyard Gazette
"Local Groups Brainstorm Summer Food Program for Hungry Kids"

Hunger on Martha's Vineyard is a growing problem. Read more about efforts to combat this by implementing a Summer Food Service Program.  

From Malden WickedLocal
"New breakfast program introduced at Salemwood School"

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

From Vineyard Gazette
"Faces of Hunger Hard to Find, But Are Everywhere on Martha's Vineyard"

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

From iBerkshires
"Cariddi Has Breakfast With CT Plunkett Students"

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  

From Woburn Wicked Local
"Free summer meals available for Tewskbury, Wilmington and Woburn youths"

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. 


From Mass Live
"Why Congressman Jim McGovern thinks these federally-funded summer food programs must be saved"

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. 


From The Patriot Ledger
"Free meals for Malden children offered this summer"

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.

From Wicked Local Arlington
"Arlington group fights child hunger when school is out"

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.


From Worcester Telegram
"Worcester schools plan to expand summer meal program again"

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.


From the Leominster Champion
"In these schools, eating food in class is smiled upon"

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.   


From the Worcester Telegram 
"USDA summer meal sites feed hungry children"

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


From Radio BDC
"Summer Food Service from Project Bread"

Radio BDC interviewed Project Bread Executive Director Ellen Parker about the Summer Food Service Program. Listen to the interview here.


"For 20th Year, Boston Provides Free Summer Meals For Youth"

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.


From Metrowest Daily News
"Summer puts strain on students from low-income families"

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