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This Tuesday, March 6th, Project Bread hosted a school breakfast event at Daley Middle School in Lowell, MA to highlight the school’s successful Grab & Go Breakfast program and celebrate National School Breakfast Week. National School Breakfast Week…
Today marks the first day of National School Breakfast Week! This year to celebrate, the Child Nutrition Outreach Program at Project Bread is pleased to announce the launch of the Massachusetts After the Bell Toolkit Series. This toolkit series—the…
Project Bread, the leading statewide anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, was joined by State Senator Anne Gobi and State Representative Susannah Whipps at Athol-Royalston Middle School on Wednesday, December 6th to celebrate the school’s new…

Fresh Focus Newsletter

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Fresh Focus Newsletter

This bi-monthly newsletter gives you our fresh take on various child nutrition issues, our newest resources, special event updates, beneficial grant information, and news on upcoming CNOP projects!

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In The Press

From Lowell Sun
Proper start to each day for students

Four years ago, Daley Middle School was serving breakfast to 28% of its students. Now, after implementing a Grab & Go breakfast program in 2014, 60% of students participate in school breakfast--200 more students each day. Sen. Eileen Donoghue and Rep. Rady Mom visited the school during National School Breakfast Week to celebrate the program's success. 

From Greenfield Recorder
‘Makes sense to have breakfast, doesn’t it?’ Gobi, Whipps observe Grab & Go at ARMS

State Senator Anne Gobi and State Representative Susannah Whipps visited Athol-Royalston Middle School to observe their Grab & Go program. After the program started, breakfast participation increased from 25% to 64% of students served daily. 

From WGBH News
Why Some Kids May Be Happy To Start School: Free Lunch

During the summer, Worcester Public Schools helps feed children in the city. WGBH highlighted several feeding sites, including libraries and food trucks, that help bridge the summer hunger gap.

From Waltham Patch
Newton-Wellesley Hospital Partners with Project Bread and Waltham Boys and Girls Club to Provide Lunches to Waltham Children

A grant from Partners Healthcare and Newton-Wellesley Hospital helped Waltham, and many other communities throughout the state, expand participation in the SFSP. CNOP held an event in collaboration with Partners to highlight the SFSP in Waltham. 

From Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Worcester raises efforts to fight child hunger through summer

The Telegram covered Congressman's McGovern's visit to the Friendly House as part of his fourth annual Summer Food Rocks Tour. The paper reported on Worcester's 2017 goal to feed an estimated 50,000 people this summer, a 40 percent increase from last year's 35,000. 

From Sentinel & Enterprise
McGovern spotlights meals program run by Leominster's Spanish American Center

The Sentinel reported on Congressman McGovern's visit to the Riverside Village Housing Development, the first stop on his 2017 Summer Food Rocks Tour. State Representative Natalie Higgins was on hand to help hand out meals and observe the program. Neddy Latimer, Director for the Spanish American Center, noted that meal sites in the Leominster area, sponsored by the Spanish American Center, help nearly 900 children and teens per day. 

From Greenfield Recorder
'As important as a textbook' McGovern stresses importance of summer meals programs

The Greenfield Recorder reported on Congressman McGovern's roundtable discussion in Athol, his second stop on the 2017 Summer Food Rocks Tour. Many local leaders and community groups met at the Athol Community Elementary School to discuss the unique challenges associated with feeding children and teens in rural areas. 

From Greenfield Recorder
Youths do lunch with McGovern

The Greenfield Recorder reported on Congressman McGovern's visit to Oak Courts housing development as part of the 2017 Summer Food Rocks Tour. State Representative Paul Mark was on hand to meet with families and discuss the importance of the Summer Food Service Program. 

From Milford Daily News
Low income children face summer meals gap

Milford Daily News highlighted SFSP programs in the Metrowest area, showing how they help shorten the hunger gap many children in the area face during the summer. 

From Worcester Channel 3 TV
McGovern raises awareness about summer meals program

As part of the annual Summer Food Rocks tour, Congressman Jim McGovern visited summer meal sites in Worcester, Athol, Leominster, and Greenfield. 

From Boston Herald
'Iron Chef' team proves its mettle

CNOP held an Iron Chef-style competition at Fenway High School in Boston. Three teams of students competed to create a nutritious and tasty breakfast item, which could become a regular on the Fenway breakfast menu. NECN's Jenny Johnson emceed the event, and the panel of judges included Laura Benavidez, Boston Public Schools Director of Food and Nutrition Services, DESE Director of Food and Nutrition Programs, Rob Leshin, and Project Bread's Executive Director, Ellen Parker. 

From Waltham Patch
Waltham Officials Visit Plympton for National School Breakfast Week

For National School Breakfast Week, CNOP organized a celebration of healthy school breakfast at Waltham's Plympton Elementary School. Healthy Waltham's Chef Reva whipped up "funfetti" parfaits made with yogurt, fruit and other healthy toppings. As one student said, "There is only one word to describe these parfaits: DE-LI-CIOUS!" 

From Waltham Wicked Local
Plympton Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

For National School Breakfast Week, CNOP organized a celebration of healthy school breakfast at Waltham's Plympton Elementary School. CNOP's Maura Ackerman noted Plympton's program saying, "By serving a nutritious breakfast, schools like Plympton Elementary are equaling the playing field, ensuring that—regardless of means—all students receive the food they need to fuel healthy growth and development, enabling them to begin each day ready to learn."

From MV Times
Islanders discuss how to feed hungry kids in the summer

To combat hunger on Martha's Vineyard, community members are looking to launch a new Summer Food Service Program. CNOP helped to organize a community meeting to show residents the problem of hunger on the Vineyard and generate interest in the program. 

From Vineyard Gazette
Local Groups Brainstorm Summer Food Program for Hungry Kids

Hunger on Martha's Vineyard is a growing problem. The Vineyard Gazette reported on efforts to combat this by implementing a Summer Food Service Program.  

From Malden WickedLocal
New breakfast program introduced at Salemwood School

In January 2016, Salemwood School in Malden introduced a new Grab & Go breakfast program, which increased their breakfast participation by more than 500%. CNOP worked with Salemwood to help implement the new program, and in late January helped to celebrate the program's success. 

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