Increasing participation in the federal school breakfast program
Children learn best when they start their day with breakfast. But right now, only half of all students who need school breakfast (low-income students who rely on free school lunch) are receiving it. When kids consistently start their school day with a nutritious meal, they have significantly less absences, improved grades, are half as likely to repeat a grade, and ultimately have better chances of graduating from high school. School breakfast is the first step to giving low-income children an equal chance to thrive.
Project Bread is taking hunger out of the equation by working with schools across the state to improve or start a school breakfast program. Our goal is for every student in Massachusetts to start their day with a healthy meal and reach their full potential. For many students, that chance starts with school breakfast.
For more than twenty years, Project Bread has teamed up with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through our Child Nutrition Outreach Program to work hand-in-hand with schools across the state to serve up their best breakfast program for their students.
Project Bread helped 91 schools to start or improve their breakfast programs.
45,834 students had improved access to school breakfast in 91 schools across the state.
We provide $123,000 in school breakfast grants to schools to enhance their programs.
For communities seeking to expand their school breakfast program, resource are availble at www.meals4kids.org/breakfast.