On March 6, Massachusetts legislators and the Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition joined together at the Massachusetts State House for a legislative briefing and lobby day in support of S.267 and H.591, “Acts Regarding Breakfast After the Bell.” Filed by Senator Sal DiDomencio (D-Everett) and Representatives Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke) and Andy Vargas (D-Haverhill), this legislation […]
Did you know that March 4–8 is National School Breakfast Week? Did you know that 300,000 kids in low-income schools are eligible for free and reduced-price breakfast, but only half participate? We are celebrating the wonderful benefits of School Breakfast and leveraging this time to raise our voices in favor of legislation that will increase […]
CALL TO ACTION: “An Act Regarding Breakfast After the Bell” bills have been filed in both the Senate and the House! The Senate docket # is SD 1878 and was filed by Senator Sal DiDomenico (D – Everett) The House docket # is HD 3145 and was filed jointly by Representative Aaron Vega (D – […]
State Representatives Andy Vargas and Aaron Vega (breakfast after the bell House sponsor) penned an op-ed in support of legislation that would reduce food insecurity in Massachusetts public schools. Read the full article here.
August 14, 2018 Media Contacts: Catherine Drennan (617) 598-5067 email@example.com Rise and Shine Massachusetts Statement on Breakfast After the Bell Boston, MA – Rise and Shine Massachusetts, a coalition of community, educational, and hunger relief organizations, released a statement today in response to the Massachusetts Legislature’s failure to enact S.2626, an act regarding breakfast after […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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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