March/April Fresh Focus 2018

Project Bread Celebrates National School Breakfast Week in Lowell

During National School Breakfast Week, Project Bread celebrated the success of Daley Middle School’s Grab & Go breakfast program in Lowell. National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness about National School Breakfast Program and educate parents and students about the impact eating a nutritious breakfast can have on both academic and health outcomes. Before Daley Middle School began serving Grab & Go breakfast, only 28% of students were participating in traditional breakfast in the cafeteria. After switching to a Grab & Go model, the school breakfast program quickly expanded and is now serving 60% of students. State Senator Eileen Donoghue and State Representative Rady Mom joined Project Bread President Erin McAleer to celebrate the school’s success. Read more about the Grab & Go program at Daley Middle School here.

Reps. Eileen Donaghue and Rady Mom observe students taking a school breakfast

Breakfast After the Bell Toolkit Series Launched

In February, CNOP held an event at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate the School Breakfast Champions and launch the new Breakfast After the Bell Toolkit series--the first of its kind in the state. This toolkit series provides schools with the resources needed to implement alternative breakfast models, including Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab & Go, and Second Chance Breakfast. Find the full toolkit series and additional resources at Meals4Kids.org/toolkits.

Summer Eats Grant Applications Are Now Open

Project Bread’s 2018 Summer Eats grant application is now open to all new and existing summer meals sponsors! This year’s grant aims to increase participation in the summer meals program through new and innovative expansion and outreach strategies. We hope these funds can help you expand your program’s reach and visibility in your community. Sponsors are eligible for expansion awards of $2,000-$5,000 based on the scope of proposed activities. Up to two awards over $5,000 will be granted to sponsors launching innovative expansion strategies in 2018. To be considered for funding all grant applications and supplemental materials must be received by 5:00 pm on April 13, 2018. If you have any questions, please reach out to cnop@projectbread.org or call Miriam Avila at 617-239-2539.

Make Hunger History With the 50th Walk for Hunger

Project Bread is celebrating its 50th Walk for Hunger & 5K Run on Sunday, May 6, 2018! Money raised by Walk participants funds a wide variety of hunger solutions across Massachusetts that help the 1 in 7 children in the state who face hunger, including summer meals programs, food pantries, soup kitchens, health center programs and urban agriculture initiatives. Whether you participate as a Walker, Runner or Volunteer, join your neighbors on the Boston Common to celebrate 50 years of Massachusetts speaking out against hunger. The Walk is also a great opportunity to build school community and foster student leadership – many school groups from around the state participate each year, and we encourage you to join! For more information and to register your own school team, visit www.projectbread.org/walk today. Together, we can make hunger history in Massachusetts.

Summer Meals Kickoff Launches New Statewide Brand

In February, 130 summer meals sponsors, sites, and community partners gathered at our annual Summer Meals Kickoff to plan for another summer serving meals to children and teens when school is out. For the first time this year, attendees committed to opening more than 20 new meals sites, holding nearly 15 “Blitz Days” to get the word out about the program, sourcing more local fruits and vegetables, and adding additional meal times each day this summer! In addition to all the great sessions and networking, the Summer Meals Kickoff also launched Summer Eats, the new Massachusetts statewide summer meals brand. The new brand will help to unify the summer meals program throughout the state. Branded materials are available for all sponsors to order.

 

Summer Eats brand "Summer Eats: free meals for kids and teens"

Chefs in Schools Menu Byte: Super Deluxe Breakfast Smoothie

Project Bread's Chef Guy demo'd this recipe at the State House in February and it was a hit. This fruity smoothie recipe is sure to be a hit in the cafeteria, too! Check out the full recipe.