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Victory! MA Legislature Enacts Breakfast After the Bell!

July 28, 2020 / Uncategorized

Today, Massachusetts achieved a major victory in alleviating childhood hunger! Breakfast After the Bell legislation which will ensure more kids start school with a healthy breakfast was enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature and is going to the Governor’s desk for his signature. An Act regarding breakfast after the bell, would require all high-poverty K-12 Massachusetts […]

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House Takes Next and Final Step Forward

July 28, 2020 / News, Press, Uncategorized

    “Thank you to Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo, House Chair of the Education Committee Alice Peisch and House Bill Sponsors Representatives Aaron Vega and Andy Vargas. On behalf of the thousands of children who are currently food insecure and need consistent access to school breakfast, Thank you.” – Rise and Shine Massachusetts […]

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RSMA Urges Leadership to Take Up BAB Bill

June 30, 2020 / Uncategorized

The Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition sent a letter to key lawmakers, urging them to take up Breakfast After the Bell as the Legislature revisits bills that were being considered prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. An excerpt is below, and you can read the full letter here. Dear Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Spilka, Chairs Peisch and […]

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Breakfast After the Bell Lobby Day

March 8, 2019 / Uncategorized

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 […]

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It’s National School Breakfast Week! Join us for a Lobby Day on 3/6!

March 4, 2019 / Uncategorized

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 […]

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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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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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