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Massachusetts Ranks 33rd in the Nation for School Breakfast

March 6, 2018 / Uncategorized

This week is National School Breakfast Week, five days dedicated to raising awareness about the healthy benefits of a school breakfast. School breakfast is a critical tool for ensuring that every child has access to a nutritious breakfast, helping them start their school day ready to learn. However, in Massachusetts, too many children from food-insecure […]

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Breakfast After the Bell Clears Legislative Hurdle!

February 9, 2018 / News

The Joint Committee on Education this week voted favorably on an Act Regarding Breakfast After the Bell, which will increase access to school breakfast for more than 150,000 children in need across the Commonwealth. The Greater Boston Food Bank is leading the Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition in support of Senate Bill 242 and House […]

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Springfield: Overcoming “Adult Issues” To Achieve Student Success

December 19, 2017 / Success Stories

“If this seems commonsense, that is because it was.” Over the past three years, Springfield Public Schools (SPS) has rolled out breakfast programming in over fifty schools, providing a healthy meal to start the school day for nearly 17,000 students. Patrick Roach, Springfield Public Schools’ Chief Financial and Operations Officer, spoke simply about the benefits […]

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Salem: Breakfast After the Bell Bewitches Students

October 17, 2017 / Success Stories

Massachusetts currently ranks 39th in the nation for breakfast participation; Salem Public Schools hopes to change that by leading the effort for improved childhood nutrition. A flagship city of the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education By All Means: Redesigning Education to Restore Opportunity initiative, Salem has taken an innovative, comprehensive approach to identifying and […]

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Congressman McGovern Supports Breakfast After the Bell

September 11, 2017 / News

On August 18th, Representative Jim McGovern submitted a letter in support of Breakfast After the Bell legislation (H.327 and S.242) to the Joint Committee on Education. Read the Congressman’s full letter to the Joint Committee here.  As the Joint Committee on Education continues deliberating, we ask for your support and advocacy. Please contact the members of […]

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Boston Globe: Boston to expand breakfast in classroom program

September 5, 2017 / Press

The Boston Public Schools this year plan to triple the number of schools that serve free breakfast in the classroom in hopes of getting more kids to start the day on a full stomach. Teachers will hand out french toast sticks, muffins, and other items after the morning bell rings. Students can munch away as […]

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Public Hearing Held on Breakfast After the Bell Legislation

July 21, 2017 / News

On Tuesday, July 18th, the Joint Committee on Education held a public hearing for input on several pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill 242 and House Bill 327, “An act regarding breakfast in the classroom,” also known as Breakfast After the Bell. The Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition assembled a diverse group of stakeholders, including school […]

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Boston: Breakfast Perks Up Perkins Elementary Students

July 13, 2017 / Success Stories

At the Michael J. Perkins Elementary School, in Boston, Principal Craig Martin operates a successful Breakfast After the Bell program. With 94% of Perkins students eligible for free and reduced-price meals, the school’s robust breakfast program ensures that all students are starting their day on a full stomach. Perkins’ commitment to food security for their […]

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Holyoke: Breakfast in the Classroom Success

May 25, 2017 / Success Stories

Nine schools in Holyoke participate in Breakfast in the Classroom. This year, eight of those schools won the Healthy Start Award for regularly achieving more than 80% participation. Because of the hard work of the educators in Holyoke, nearly 4,000 students now eat breakfast every school day.   “The transition to Breakfast in the Classroom […]

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