For students who start their day hungry, school breakfast can be the difference between sitting unfocused at their desk and a productive day of learning. That’s why school breakfast is so important, and why Project Bread has awarded $123,000 in grants— along with our expertise and support—to help schools implement “After the Bell” breakfast models—proven to dramatically increase participation by as much as 80%.
Less than half of low-income students eat school breakfast on a daily basis. Passing breakfast after the bell legislation would increased access to over 150,000 students!
Restricting access to food will harm low-income individuals in our state.
President Trump's budget proposal would cut SNAP by one third.
In this milestone year—recognizing 50 years of action against hunger in MA—we provided $1M of support to programs across MA helping hungry people in their communities. We made more than 30K referrals connecting residents to local food resources. We expanded access to summer meals for kids while school is out, resulting in more than 2.5M meals served and we improved the quality of school meals for more than 14.4K students in high-need districts.
As of March 2017, more than 442,000 students in Massachusetts qualify for free or reduced priced school meals.