September/October Fresh Focus 2018

Welcome Back to School!

It’s that time of year! School is back in session and CNOP is excited to help more schools increase participation in breakfast programs. We are happy to provide technical assistance to help start new breakfast programs, assist in implementing alternative breakfast models, provide promotional materials, and answer any questions you may have about the upcoming year. Send us an email today at!

School Breakfast Resources Mailing in October

During October, Project Bread and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be mailing resources to school nutrition directors across the state to assist in maximizing the success of breakfast programming. In the mailing, you’ll find tools that will equip you to increase breakfast participation through funding opportunities, alternative breakfast models, and free technical assistance services. Make sure to watch for these great resources in the coming weeks.

Additional Breakfast Resources Available Online

In addition to the materials included in next month’s breakfast resources mailing, CNOP has a variety of materials available free-of-charge on our website. Feel free to place orders for a variety of posters, brochures, fact sheets, and other resources.

Breakfast After the Bell "How It Works"

Reminder: Local Meal Charge Policies to be made available by September 30th

As we all settle in the 2018-2019 school year, we wanted to ensure your district was compliant with a new regulation included in the state FY2019 budget requiring districts to publish Local Meal Charge Policies (LMCP) by September 30th. All cities and towns are required to publish their LMCP in accordance with USDA in a format that is easily accessible and made available for parents and caregivers, such as posting to your school’s nutrition department website. Your LMCP can additionally be posted in student handbooks, online portals, e-mails to households, and made available to staff and administrators responsible for policy enforcement.

If you have questions about how to develop or properly disseminate your meal charge policy, please contact your DESE consultant for additional guidance.

MA Farm & Sea to School Conference Scholarships

Don’t miss the 5th Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference on December 6, 2018! The conference will bring together over 400 diverse stakeholders from across the farm to school movement who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster innovative food and agricultural learning opportunities in our state. The 2018 Conference is an opportunity to GATHER, LEARN, and ACT to strengthen the local economy, contribute to vibrant communities, and advance racial and social equity in the food system. 

Massachusetts Farm to School offers scholarships to help make the Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference accessible.  You can learn more by visiting Apply by October 15th!

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

Breakfast PA Announcements

In the spirit of heading back to school, morning PA announcements can be a great way to encourage students to eat breakfast. These morning updates can serve as a time to remind students of all the benefits to eating breakfast before a full day of classes. Remind them that breakfast supplies nutrients, helps with alertness, improves test scores and grades, and reduces trips to the nurse’s office. See below for some examples from The National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up:

  • How are you getting your fuel? Eating a healthy breakfast, such as low-fat or fat-free milk, whole grain cereal and fresh fruit, gives your body the fuel it needs to play for 60 minutes a day. So don't forget to eat breakfast every morning and play for 60 minutes to keep your body strong and healthy!
  • Hey…you! Do you want to do your best in school? Studies show students who eat a good breakfast score better on tests and have better grades. So remember, Fuel Up with School Breakfast and be a superstar!
  • Are you feeling a little under the weather? Did you remember to eat your breakfast this morning? Studies show that students who eat breakfast feel better,[1] have better attendance and fewer visits to the school nurse. To feel your best, always remember to Fuel Up with School Breakfast.