This report ranks the state’s 625 high poverty schools on their school breakfast participation rates – a measure of success for alleviating childhood hunger. Despite increases in school breakfast participation over the past three years, nearly 159,000 low-income students are still missing out on a nutritious morning meal each school day. By moving breakfast to after the bell (ATB) when students are in attendance, everyone has equal access to the meal and participation soars leading to better academic and health outcomes for kids. If all high poverty schools adopted and ran optimal ATB programs, they would draw down an additional $32 million in USDA funds to cash-strapped district nutrition departments statewide.
This year’s Healthy Start Award Ceremony recognized 161 schools from 34 districts across the state with a $500 unrestricted grant award for sustaining 80%+ participation rates in their school breakfast programs. A cohort of ten schools received the distinguished Healthy Start Leadership Award for efforts to increase school breakfast participation via after the bell breakfast (ATB) programming among charter operators and “mixed need” districts. For a full list of Healthy Start Schools please click here.
ATB Breakfast is proven to boost school breakfast participation, fuel student learning, improve student wellness, and leverage untapped federal reimbursements to support improvements to school nutrition departments. In response to the January 18, 2019 notification from DESE we have simplified our grant application process.
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ATB Breakfast at Stefanik K-5 School in Chicopee.
ATB Breakfast at Alfred J. Gomes Elementary in New Bedford.