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S.2626 Passes in Senate Unanimously 37-0!

July 26, 2018 / Uncategorized

Victory in the Senate! Moving onto the House! This afternoon, the Senate unanimously voted 37-0 to pass S.2626 ‘An act regarding breakfast after the bell’! This is HUGE! Thank you to our bill sponsor Senator Sal DiDomenico, Senate President Karen Spilka and all of our other leaders and friends within the Massachusetts State Senate! This […]

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Senate Ways and Means votes out S.2441! Now S.2626!

July 24, 2018 / Uncategorized

GREAT NEWS! This morning, the Senate Ways and Means Committee just voted on bill S.2441 ‘An Act Regarding Breakfast After the Bell’ favorably! The bill has been renumbered to S.2626 and will go to the Senate floor for a vote on Thursday, July 26!  HUGE thank you to Chair Karen Spilka and the Senate Ways and […]

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Help Us Pass Breakfast After the Bell Before July 31!

July 19, 2018 / Uncategorized

We need your help TODAY! As the legislative session comes to a close, the Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition continues to push state lawmakers to pass Breakfast After the Bell legislation (S.2441). The deadline for legislation to be considered is July 31st. As the Senate Ways and Means Committee reviews the bill, it is vital […]

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Cape Cod Times: “Taking a Community Approach to Hunger”

June 19, 2018 / News, Press

On Friday, June 15th, Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition members convened an observation of Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School’s “Breakfast After the Bell” program with state Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and state Representative William Crocker (R-Centerville). The Cape Cod Times captured this visit here. 

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Snap, Crackle, and Pop at the Massachusetts State House

May 17, 2018 / Success Stories

On Thursday, May 10th, 2018, Rise and Shine Massachusetts members fanned out across the State House, delivering cereal boxes stuffed full of testimonies from children on why school breakfast matters to them to each legislative office. Wheaties, Cheerio’s and Life boxes were filled to the brim with these testimonies and information on the pending Breakfast […]

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Boston Globe: Boston Makes Little Progress on School Breakfast Goal

May 3, 2018 / News, Press

On Thursday, May 03, 2018, The Eos Foundation released their Second Annual Massachusetts School Breakfast Report Card, “Ending Hunger in Our Classrooms: Expanding After the Bell Breakfast to Fuel Student Learning.” The report includes a definitive ranking of the state’s 638 high poverty schools on their school breakfast participation rates – a measure of success […]

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2nd Annual Massachusetts School Breakfast Report Card

May 3, 2018 / News

Today, Thursday, May 3, The Eos Foundation released their Second Annual Massachusetts School Breakfast Report Card, “Ending Hunger in Our Classrooms: Expanding After the Bell Breakfast to Fuel Student Learning.” The report includes a definitive ranking of the state’s 638 high poverty schools on their school breakfast participation rates – a measure of success for […]

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Breakfast After the Bell Legislation Continues to Move Forward

April 26, 2018 / News

More good news out of the Massachusetts Legislature: an Act Regarding Breakfast After the Bell has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means as S.2441. This significant step in the legislative process means we are closer to providing access to school breakfast to more than 150,000 children in need across the Commonwealth. […]

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Worcester Telegram: Worcester plans to expand in-school breakfast program

March 26, 2018 / News, Press

On Friday, March 23rd, the Worcester County Food Bank hosted a school breakfast observation at the Chandler Magnet School in Worcester for Representatives James O’Day (D-West Boylston) and Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester). The two legislators observed the school’s after the bell breakfast program and learned more about the pending legislation S.242/H.327 “An Act Regarding Breakfast After […]

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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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