Healthy Start Awards

At an annual ceremony, Healthy Start Awards recognize schools in Massachusetts that are known to consistently reach 80%+ school breakfast participation rates with a $500 grant. The dedicated efforts of these schools’ administrators, teachers, custodians, school nutrition staff, secretaries, and nurses provide access to a nutritious breakfast for children in Massachusetts’ high-need schools, helping to ensure that students start their school day ready to learn.

This year’s Healthy Start Awards recognized 161 schools from 34 districts across the state.

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. These include:

Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School, Barnstable
Conservatory Lab Charter School, Boston
Erving Elementary School, Erving
Holyoke Community Charter School, Holyoke
Hyannis West Elementary School, Barnstable
Libertas Academy Charter School, Springfield
Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, Orange
Seven Hills Charter Public School, Worcester
Toy Town Elementary School, Winchendon
William Seach Primary School, Weymouth

We congratulate the commitment and dedication of the schools honored for their exemplary commitment, leadership, and teamwork to combat hunger in Massachusetts schools by increasing access to, and participation in their school breakfast programs. Click here for a list of
2019 Healthy Start Schools.

Leadership Awards have been presented to the following individuals.

2019 – Cohort of ten schools:

  • Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School
  • Conservatory Lab Charter School
  • Erving Elementary School
  • Holyoke Community Charter School
  • Hyannis West Elementary School
  • Libertas Academy Charter School
  • Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School
  • Seven Hills Charter Public School
  • Toy Town Elementary School
  • William Seach Primary School

2018 – Receiver/Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike, Holyoke Public Schools
2017 – Superintendent Pia Durkin, New Bedford Public Schools
2016 – Superintendent Dan Warwick, Springfield Public Schools
2015 – Superintendent Kathleen Smith, Brockton Public Schools
2014 – Donna Lombardi, Child Nutrition Director, Worcester Public Schools