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December 18, 2015
MEDIA ALERT: State and Local Officials join Project Bread to observe innovative lunch program at Taunton Elementary School

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

WHEN:     February 29, 12:00-1:00pm


  • Rep. Shuana O'Connell, Taunton
  • Mayor Tom Hoye, Taunton
  • Ellen Parker, Executive Director, 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 not only improves the overall nutritional quality of school meals, but also 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 Taunton Public School District there are over 9,000 enrolled students, more than half of whom qualify for free and reduce price meals during the school year. 

Elizabeth Pole Elementary School
215 Harris St. Taunton, MA 02780

Jordan Smith, Communications Coordinator, 973-900-4365

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,, or

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