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Holiday Spoons Project

A Learning & Holiday Giving Project for your Classroom

With Project Bread's Holiday Spoons Project, you can engage your students about hunger right here in Massachusetts and empower them to make a difference. Participating classrooms also have a chance to be entered to win 100 IMAX tickets to Jordan's Furniture IMAX Theatre for their school.

Voting for the 2018 Holiday Spoons photo contest is now OPEN! Vote for your favorite spoons now through Monday, January 7 at 7:00pm.

The winning class will receive 100 tickets to the Sunbrella IMAX Theater at Jordan's Furniture in Natick or Reading.


It's that time of year again—time for our Holiday Spoons Project! There were so many great spoons created for our 2017 Holiday Spoons Contest, and we are looking forward to seeing what this year will bring.

When you see a spoon, you probably think of eating soup, cereal, or frozen yogurt. Of course, all of those foods are great, but it is also important to recognize that many people do not have enough to eat.

We can do something to help, and teach our students that they can, too. By engaging students in the Holiday Spoons curriculum, we can teach children about hunger and how they have the power to make a difference in their communities.

Here's how you can get involved in the Holiday Spoons Project:

Register

Register your class for the Holiday Spoons Project with this form. Email your completed form to alexa_drolette@projectbread.org.

Teach

Lead your students in a lesson about hunger, building an understanding of what is behind the Holiday Spoons Project.

Create

Check out fun Decorative Tips and help your students transform ordinary wooden spoons into works of art.

Take Action

By using our Holiday Spoons Fundraising Tips, help your students serve their communities by selling their spoons and collecting donations that will go directly toward fighting hunger in Massachusetts.

WIN!

Classes who submitted photos of their Spoons are entered into our online photo contest for a chance to win 100 tickets to the Sunbrella IMAX Theater at Jordan's Furniture in Natick or Reading.

Let Project Bread Come to You

Project Bread staff would love to visit your school to thank the community for your participation. We are available to come to school-wide assemblies or to individual classrooms to discuss the impact of students' hard work and dedication. In addition to giving thanks, Project Bread staff will highlight the anti-hunger programs benefiting from this fundraiser. 

 

Holiday Spoons Project Contact:

Alexa Drolette
alexa_drolette@projectbread.org
617-239-2553

Project Bread
ATTN: Alexa Drolette
145 Border St.
East Boston, MA 02128

Thanks to a generous donation for our returning sponsor, Jordan's Furniture, all charitable contributions to Project Bread through the Holiday Spoons Project will be doubled this year, up to $10,000!



Improving School Breakfast Programs
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For students who start their day hungry, school breakfast can be the difference between sitting unfocused at their desk and a productive day of learning. That’s why school breakfast is so important, and why Project Bread, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, has awarded $123,000 in grants— along with our expertise and support—to work with schools to improve their breakfast programs in a few key areas that can really move the needle on addressing hunger in the classroom.

We are creating healthier breakfast menu items, helping schools offer free breakfast for every student through Community Eligibility Provision II, and making breakfast part of the regular school day by implementing a Breakfast After the Bell model. A school breakfast model proven to dramatically increase participation by as much as 80%.

2019 School Breakfast Grant Recipients:

  • Amherst Public Schools
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Bridge Boston Charter Schools
  • Chicopee Public Schools
  • Codman Academy Charter School (Dorchester)
  • Fall River
  • Gardner Public Schools 
  • Haverhill Public Schools
  • Leominster Public Schools
  • Lowell Public Schools
  • Medford Public Schools
  • New Heights Charter School of Brockton
  • Northampton Public Schools
  • Pittsfield
  • Randolph Public Schools
  • Salem Public Schools
  • South Coast Educational Collaborative
  • Triton Regional School District
  • Ware Public Schools 
  • Webster 
Supporting Teachers
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Across the state, teachers are going above and beyond to fight child hunger in their schools and address hunger in the classroom. In 2019, Project Bread, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have awarded eleven exceptional teachers with the Teacher Champion Award, each receiving a $500 stipend and a $1,000 grant to further their work to end hunger in their schools!

Who are our Teacher Champions? They are teachers going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure their students are getting the nutrition they need to be successful. They've launched weekend backpack programs, school garden programs, and school-based food pantry. They are tireless advocates for their student's needs and for school nutrition programs.

Meet our 2019 Teacher Champion Award Recipients:

  • Jennifer Reese, Amherst-Pelham School District, all elementary schools, District Elementary Science Coordinator
  • Patricia Taylor, Amherst-Pelham Regional District, Amherst High School, Special Ed teacher
  • Priyadarshini Kumar, Boston Public Schools, Edwards Middle School, ELA/Humanities Special Ed teacher
  • Sonya Brown, Boston Public Schools, Boston Arts Academy, Humanities teacher
  • Jennifer Amendola, Boston Public Schools, Edison K-8, Kindergarten teacher
  • Harry Brandt, Chicopee Public Schools, Patrick Bowe Elementary, 2nd grade teacher;
  • Timothy Powers, Fall River Public Schools,Silvia Elementary School,Health/Phys Ed teacher
  • Sarah Cordero, Lawrence Public Schools, International High School,ESL teacher
  • Dawne DiNicola, Pittsfield Public Schools, Crosby Elementary School, Kindergarten teacher
  • Kelly Cronin, Salem Public Schools, Witchcraft Heights Elementary, Special Ed Teacher
  • Susan Dodd, Webster Public Schools, Bartlett High School, Special Ed and Lifeskills Teacher
Teacher Champions are sources of local knowledge about child food insecurity, solutions available to address it, and the important role educators can play in successful school meal programs. Be sure to check out each Champion’s story by clicking their names above!

Get Inspired

With Project Bread's Holiday Spoons Project, you can engage your students about hunger right here in Massachusetts and empower them to make a difference. Participating classrooms also have a chance to be entered to win 100 IMAX tickets to Jordan's Furniture IMAX Theatre for their school. Here is how dedicated individuals across the state are raising money to help end hunger.