Save the Date: SFSP Kickoff February 8, 2017!
Join us for the annual SFSP Kickoff this February for a day of brainstorming, planning and collaboration. Hear best practices from current sponsors, learn innovative ideas for your program, and get excited for a summer of feeding children in Massachusetts. Find a tentative agenda and register for the conference here. We hope to see you there!
Meet CNOP's New Director
CNOP is pleased to welcome Maura Ackerman to our team. Maura joined Project Bread and the CNOP team in December as Assistant Director of Programs. She holds a dual-Master’s degree from Tufts University – a Master of Public Health in Community Health and Nutrition as well as a Master of Science in Nutrition from the Friedman School’s Agriculture, Food and Environment program. Through her past and present work, Maura has developed a deep commitment to building partnerships that bridge the government, healthcare, education, and non-profit sectors, recognizing that each plays a critical role in building strong, equitable communities by increasing access to healthy food. In her role at Project Bread, she is excited to work alongside the CNOP team and our partners to increase participation in school breakfast and summer meals across Massachusetts. To say hello or to contact Maura, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-239-2576.
State Representative and SNA President Observe Innovative Breakfast Program in Blackstone
On Friday mornings at Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School in Blackstone, students line up out the cafeteria door to get a pancake breakfast prepared by Principal Justin Cameron. Thanks to the dedication of School Nutrition Director Jeanne Sheridan and support from CNOP, Hartnett Middle School began their successful Second Chance Breakfast program in 2014. Since then, the average number of students eating breakfast each day has increased from 20 to 120—with even higher participation on Fridays. In November, State Rep. Kevin Kuros and President of the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts, Janice Watt, observed Second Chance Breakfast in action. State Rep. Kuros even put on an apron and got behind the counter to help Principal Cameron flip pancakes and serve the students! “I am very impressed by the breakfast program at Hartnett," said Rep. Kuros. "I had a blast helping to serve over 100 students, and there was a very energetic buzz in the cafeteria. You can tell these kids' days were off to a great