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Breakfast Resources

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is committed to helping children avoid hunger and receive sufficient nutrition from healthy foods to learn and grow. Many nutrition programs are available to meet this commitment, but several are underutilized. To make better use of the available resources, the DESE contracts with a community agency, Project Bread, to do outreach and promotion for the School Breakfast and the Summer Food Service Programs.

School Breakfast Program

For six years, Project Bread and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have been working together to increase the number of low-income children participating in the School Breakfast Program. Not only do children who eat a healthy breakfast at school score better on standardized tests, but participation in school breakfast also significantly reduces tardiness and absenteeism.

Summer Food Service Program

During summer months, many low-income children are at greater risk of being hungry because they do not have access to free or reduced-cost school meals. Project Bread and DESE work with schools, community organizations, local businesses and government officials to establish summer meal sites in low-income neighborhoods, and to ensure that children have access to them. There has been a 65 percent increase in the number of summer meals served through these sites since the outreach program began in 1992.

Child Nutrition Outreach Materials

September Outreach Tips: Increasing the Return of
Meal Applications

Jump Start Kit for School Breakfast

School Breakfast for First Class Learning
These 10 lessons are divided into three categories: Value of Breakfast, How to Implement a School Breakfast Program and Enhancing School Breakfast Programs. Each lesson has a content overview, objectives, target audience, estimate of time needed, materials list and script. Several lessons have handouts which can be copied and distributed or made into transparencies. To emphasize to decision makers the importance of breakfast, a PowerPoint presentation is included.

Copies of the Breakfast Toolkit can also be obtained from the National Food Service Management Institute. Please call 1-800-321-3054 for information.

Universal-Free Breakfast Program Materials
To gain more information about this program, the options available, and promotional strategies, A Guide to School Breakfast Programs is available from Child Nutrition Outreach Program. Individuals can also access school breakfast materials by calling 617-723-5000, or by filling out an order form.

Last Updated: March 18, 2015
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