Project Bread reaches out to one of our most vulnerable populations with thoughtfully researched and "kid-approved" programs that provide children with healthy food in the places they learn and grow. We're committed to building good eating habits from the start, and helping them to achieve their full potential.
For more than 200,000 children in Massachusetts, skipping a meal is not a choice: it is a very real part of their daily lives. Children at risk of hunger and food insecurity need consistent and predictable help they can rely on year-round.
SNAP benefits provide food insecure people with increased buying power at the grocery store. SNAP also boost local economies. Research shows that $1 of SNAP benefits actually generates $1.84 of economic activity in a community.
A popular belief is that minimum and low-wage jobs are predominantly held by teenagers but over 200,000 children in Massachusetts have a parent that earns less than $11 per hour.
There are more than 350,000 students eligible for free or reduced price school meals in Massachusetts.
Hungry children struggle to concentrate and learn. They are likely to have higher rates of absenteeism, get sick more frequently and recover more slowly. They are often at a disadvantage relative to their peers.
Project Bread works to enroll low-income children in federal nutrition programs, improve the quality of the food served, make nutritious food available where kids learn and grow, and teach school food (and preschool) kitchen staff and parents how to prepare nutritious, fresh, kid-tested meals on a limited budget.
We work with school districts and partners across Massachusetts to ensure that every child starts the day with a healthy breakfast.
For nearly 20 years, Project Bread's Child Nutrition Outreach Program has partnered with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to advocate for more than $2 million annually for Universal Free Breakfast programs in the poorest elementary schools—a non-stigmatizing way to help kids access the nutrients and calories they need to learn and grow. As Share Our Strength’s 2013 No Kid Hungry Ally in Massachusetts, we also bring together chefs and school food experts to create menus for healthier breakfasts that are served in the classroom.
Find out who won the 4th annual School Breakfast Video Contest!
The best way to increase breakfast participation is by making a breakfast model change that incorporates breakfast into the school day, such as Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC). To help make moving breakfast out of the cafeteria easier, Project Bread created a two-week cycle menu featuring very healthy and affordable options for both traditional and alternative breakfast models. Click here to download your copy of Let’s Prepare Healthy School Breakfast!
With the help of our community partners and policy makers, we promote the Summer Food Service Program to ensure no child is left behind when school is out.
For most kids, summer is a time to relax. But for children who rely on school meals, summer can feel like an endless struggle. With the help of our community partners and policy makers, we promote the Summer Food Service Program to help ensure that no child is hungry when school is out.
In 2013, over 50,000 students in Massachusetts enjoyed healthy meals at one of nearly 900 sites. And summer meal programs do more than just provide children with a healthy meal. They are also paired with enriching activities that keep kids active and safe: physical activity, arts, and educational lessons—giving them the boost in health and energy and the leg up they need as before returning to school in September.
Project Bread provides nearly $100,000 in annual grants to support these programs statewide thanks to funding from Our Family Foundation, Partners HealthCare and Share Our Strength.
Our Chefs in Schools program helps school kitchen staff and parents learn to prepare healthy meals that children will eat.
Chefs in Schools began as a pilot project in three Boston public schools: we brought chefs into cafeteria kitchens to work with staff to create healthier meals—on a public school budget—that children would find tasty and visually appealing. It worked. We’ve since expanded to Chelsea, Lawrence, and Salem with leadership support from the Arbella Insurance Foundation and additional support from the Trefler Foundation and the Jessie B. Cox CLT - Cox Family Fund. And we partner with Harvard School of Public Health to measure the ongoing efficacy of this important program. Read the published results of the successful intervention in Boston.
Let’s Cook Healthy School Meals offers 100 tasty recipes that meet the new USDA school meal requirements and fall within the public reimbursement rate.
Let's Cook Healthy School Meals is a first-of-its-kind tool to help school administrators and kitchen plan and prepare healthy meals for students that they will want to eat. It meets the new 2012 USDA school meal requirements—and offers 100 recipes that have been kid-tested in cafeteria kitchens.
In partnership with Chef Didi Emmons and the Chefs in Schools Program, Project Bread solicited recipes from school food professionals across Massachusetts, then tested and refined them to compile this valuable resource.
Download your copy of Let's Cook Healthy School Meals Cookbook.
Chefs in Head Start introduces healthy foods to Head Start students.
Chefs in Head Start reaches some of Massachusetts’ youngest residents—toddlers and pre-K children—and their families. The program introduces healthy foods to Head Start students through hands-on activities, stories, and tastings; teaches parents how to make familiar foods healthier on a limited budget; and trains kitchen staff how to make healthier and tastier food. With support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Project Bread has served over 600 children and families in Lynn, Oxford, Southbridge and Spencer.
Through diverse and strategic collaborations, we provide solutions in the places children go each day. We provide resources to help schools — and families — prepare nutritious, appealing food that kids truly want to eat. And together, we’re changing lives.
State Representative Brian Dempsey, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was honored as Project Bread’s Hunger Hero for his part in securing an additional $275,000 in this year’s state budget for universal school breakfasts. Dempsey received the award as he joined the students at Golden Hill Elementary School in Haverhill for breakfast. “You have people here this morning who care very much about you and want to make sure you have a good breakfast,” Dempsey encouraged the students.
Project Bread's executive director Ellen Parker was on WGBH’s Greater Boston, sharing her perspectives on ways to end hunger.
Massachusetts will join with other states across the nation in recognizing National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) March 2-6 2015.
A group of teenagers at the Landmark High School in Beverly, Mass. has won the top prize in the school breakfast video contest, School Breakfast: Eat. Film. Screen, sponsored by The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program and Project Bread.
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