Healthy School Meals

Chefs in Schools works to improve the quality of school meals in low-income school districts

Improving the quality of school meals in low-income school districts

Healthy school food matters

Nearly every food-insecure child in Massachusetts attends a public school. That's why there is no better place, than schools, to ensure kids who are hungry are receiving healthy food to eat, every day. Through our Chefs in Schools initiative, Project Bread works with schools to serve better quality, healthier food in their breakfast and lunch programs. 

Did you know that half of all public school students in Massachusetts eat the food served in their cafeteria every day? For more than 400,000 kids, school meals make up more than half of their daily calories. Their diet has a significant impact on their health, behavior, and their academic performance. That’s why since 2006, Project Bread has been improving the quality of school food in low-income school districts across the state. 

Our Approach

Impact of our work: 2019

Our Work: 2018/19 School Year 

    Project Bread is partnered with five MA school districts this year to implement district-wide changes to improve the quality of their school meals:

    • Amherst
    • Athol
    • Greenfield 
    • Lawrence
    • New Bedford 
    • Codman Academy (Dorchester)

    For school food service staff or parents and community members looking to make healthy changes to your school or districts breakfast and lunch programs, visit for Chefs in Schools recipes and resources.