July/August Fresh Focus 2018

Let us know how we’re doing!

We’re always trying to improve the support we provide across the Commonwealth, but we need your help to make this possible. Did we provide helpful assistance? Did we have the materials you were looking for? We’re open to any and all feedback. We’d love it if you took 5-10 minutes to fill out our annual survey.

Summer Eats Update

It’s been a busy summer here at Project Bread! We’re so excited about all the great ways you’re helping us increase access to summer meals! This year, there were nearly 50 new sites across the state, including five new mobile programs in communities statewide. Meal sites expanded to six new farmers markets, six new libraries, and 29 housing properties!

 

two boys wear sunglasses with plates of food

In July, we kicked off Summer Eats statewide at the East Boston branch of the Boston Public Library. We were excited to be joined by State Representative Adrian Madaro, the City of Boston’s Chief of Health and Human Services, Marty Martinez, the Boston Office of Food Access, and the Greater Boston YMCA. The kickoff highlighted a new library meal site—an initiative Project Bread and our partners piloted last year in Mattapan, which has expanded to 3 new sites this summer.

Group of people hold Summer Eats banner

In addition to the statewide kickoff in Boston, we helped kicked off Summer Eats in a number of communities across the state. In Athol and Fitchburg, we held kickoffs in partnership with the school districts and our Share Our Strength Youth Ambassadors, who have been working in both communities over the summer to increase participation in Summer Eats. In Malden, we partnered with Malden Public Schools to kickoff Summer Eats and highlight our AmeriCorps VISTA, who will be working in Malden over the coming year to expand participation in both school breakfast and Summer Eats.

Finally, we held two Summer Food Rocks events! On July 30th, we hosted the 5th Annual Summer Food Rocks Tour with Congressman Jim McGovern and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The tour visited four summer meal sites throughout McGovern’s district in Central and Western MA and highlighted some of the great work that Project Bread has supported this summer, including mobile meals programs and farm to summer. The tour also included two roundtable discussions with local leaders, community partners, and summer meal sponsors. On August 1st, we brought Summer Food Rocks to the North Shore for the first time to visit the Peabody Institute Library with Congressman Seth Moulton.  

Welcome, Holly Grace!

Project Bread is excited to welcome Holly Grace, our AmeriCorps VISTA, serving as CNOP’s Child Food Security Specialist! Holly joined the CNOP team in June and will be serving with us for a year. She is working in Medford, Malden, and Everett to to increase access to Summer Eats and expand school breakfast participation. Through promotion of programs, information collection, and work with community leaders, Holly hopes to make a positive impact and reduce the number of hungry teens and children in the cities of Medford, Malden, and Everett this year.

Chefs in Schools Recipe: Pasta Salad with Summer Vegetables

Take advantage of all the late-summer produce available with this fresh and filling pasta salad! This recipe is “family-sized” but can be scaled up as needed.