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.

In 2018, Healthy Start Awards recognized 160 schools from 33 districts across the state.

The prestigious Leadership Award recognized Holyoke Public Schools with a $10,000 grant for their commitment to expand free, after the bell breakfast programming, served after the bell as part of the school day, across district schools serving grades PreK-12. We especially wish to recognize Receiver/Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike, Chief Financial & Operations Officer Anthony Soto, the District’s Nutrition Team and Principals who embraced this breakfast program for the benefit of the students in their charge.

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 2018 Healthy Start Schools.

Leadership Awards have been presented to the following individuals.

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