November/December Fresh Focus 2018

Join us at the 2019 MA Summer Eats Conference!

Don’t miss CNOP’s annual Summer Eats Conference on January 24th! The conference will bring together Summer Eats sponsors, partners, and collaborators from throughout Massachusetts to brainstorm, network, and get excited for a summer of serving free meals to kids and teens across the state. The theme of this year’s event is Farm to Summer, where speakers and presentations will promote the use of local foods and activities into Summer Eats programs. Register today!

2019 Massachusetts Summer Eats Conference

Project Bread School Breakfast Grants

Help ensure your students start the day healthy and ready to learn! This school year, Project Bread is offering 3 grants to increase participation in your school breakfast program and improve the quality of breakfast items served. Grants are available for:

  1. Schools or districts implementing CEP or Provision 2.
  2. Schools or districts looking to serve healthier menu items.
  3. Schools or districts who have increased their breakfast participation over the last year.

Funding awards range from $2,000 per school to $12,500 per district. Applications are due by January 31, 2019 and funding announcements will be made by February 28, 2019. Visit www.meals4kids.org/breakfastgrants for more information.

Grant Opportunity through New England Dairy and Food Council

The dairy farm families of Massachusetts are providing funding for Massachusetts schools to start-up or expand school breakfast.  Eligible schools must have greater than 40% of students qualifying for free/reduced meals and a current participation rate below 60%. Funds must be spent on programs that offer breakfast through a non-traditional service model such as breakfast in the classroom, grab-n-go breakfast, or breakfast after the bell. Visit NewEnglandDairyCouncil.org for details. Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019

Farm & Sea to School Conference

In just a few days Mass. Farm to School will hold its 5th statewide conference, the Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference. This year’s theme is Setting the Table: Communities Creating Change. The conference seeks to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices in the Massachusetts food system and identify strategies and resources for promoting racial equity and social justice as we grow the farm & sea to school movement. Learn about policy efforts and community organizing, local procurement, sustaining farm to school programs, school gardens, and more. Please visit www.massfarmtoschool.org/conference for more information. Don't miss out, register today!

Mass Farm to School Conference "Setting the Table: Communities Creating Change"

What to Know About “Public Charge” and School Meals

With a recent proposed rule to change the definition of “public charge,” some parents and guardians may be looking for more information on what this means for them. Find take-home flyers in English and Spanish here with more information on “public charge” and its impacts on school meals or other benefits.

Welcome, Natasha Smith!

The team is pleased to welcome our new Director of Child Nutrition, Natasha Smith! Prior to joining Project Bread, Natasha was the Director of the REAP Farm to School Program in Madison, Wisconsin where she worked to innovate farm to school, school food, and summer food programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied local and sustainable community food systems. We are excited to have her on board - please join us in welcoming Natasha!

Cider-Glazed Squash

Check out this recipe used by our Chefs in Schools! Butternut squash is packed with beta-carotene that the body then converts to Vitamin A – essential for healthy skin, strong immune system, and good eye health! Plus, kids love the taste of this sweet, seasonal dish.