Free materials to promote food programs
One of the biggest barriers to people utilizing food assistance programs is simply, lack of awareness. You can help by using and sharing these promotional materials.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a federal nutrition program (formerly known as food stamps) that provides monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries to Massachusetts residents who qualify.
Help inform potentially eligible residents about SNAP and connect them to assistance to enroll.
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline is the statewide food helpline for Massachusetts. Providing comprehensive information and referrals to food assistance programs in Massachusetts. A "one-stop-shop" for callers to learn about everything that is availble to help them afford/access food. It is always free and confidential. Counselors can assist in 180 languages and connect callers to both local and federal food programs. They can also screen callers to determine if they are eligible for SNAP and assist with SNAP applications.
Free meals are available for all kids & teens, ages 0-18, at hundreds of locations throughout Massachusetts. In the summer months, these meals are provided through the program known as Summer Eats. There is no sign up. No identification required to pick-up meals. Meals will be available through September 2021.
These meals are federally-reimbursed but the programs are administered at the community-level by sites and sponsors with the support of Project Bread and the MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE).
This program is underutilized, and it's largely because families don't know about it — you can help a lot by spreading the word!
You can help boost participation in school breakfast programs with these promotional materials. If you are a school looking to start a Breakfast-After-the-Bell program, we have resources for you too to get you started!
Ready to make breakfast part of the school day for your students, just like lunch? Our team will help you implement the breakfast-after-the-bell model that works best with your unique school, so your students are set up for success.
Find recipes ready to be incorporated into your School Meals and Summer Eats programs. Developed by our Community Nutrition Services team of professional chefs and registered dietitians, these recipes incorporate fresh, healthier, quality ingredients and follow USDA guidelines.
Explore our series of online professional development classes designed especially for school nutrition staff. We tackle topics like go-to recipes for using up USDA commodity foods, delicious recipes to meet student's diverse dietary preferences, and range of professional skills development.
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