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May 24, 2016
MEDIA ALERT: State Officials Join Project Bread to observe innovative lunch program at Hansen Elementary School

WHAT: State legislators will join Project Bread and Stoughton Public School stakeholders to observe the first-in-the-nation state-funded Chefs in School (CIS) Program at the Hansen Elementary School. As part of the event, legislators will serve lunch to students and enjoy it alongside them after.

WHEN: Thursday May 26, 2016 12:00pm-1:00pm

WHO:             

Rep. William C. Galvin, Canton
Rep. Louis Kafka, Stoughton
Superintendent Marguerite Rizzi, Stoughton Public Schools
Faye Polillio, Administrative Principal, Hansen Elementary School
Edward Gilbert, Director of Food and Nutrition, Stoughton Public Schools

Ellen Parker, Executive Director, Project Bread
Kim Andrade, Chef in School, Project Bread
Lou Rizoli, Project Bread                     

WHY: The first state-funded program of its kind in the nation, CIS brings Project Bread’s professional chefs to school cafeterias to train staff on culinary, presentation and marketing skills to help districts prepare and promote nutritious, kid-friendly, USDA approved foods.  According to research done in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health, CIS improves the overall nutritional quality of school meals and reduces food waste in schools. State funding enabled Project Bread to hire three additional chefs and expand the program to six communities throughout the state, serving nearly 20,000 students this year alone. In the Stoughton Public School district there are over 3,500 students, nearly 40% of which qualify for free and reduced price meals.

WHERE: Hansen Elementary School, 1800 Central St, Stoughton, MA 02072

MEDIA CONTACT:

Samantha Bennett, Community Relations Coordinator
617-239-2578 (office) 617-529-4580 (cell)
Samantha_bennett@projectbread.org

ABOUT PROJECT BREAD
Project Bread is the only statewide anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food in Massachusetts. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge Walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org, www.facebook.com/projectbread, or www.twitter.com/projectbread.

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