Healthy Start Awards

At an annual award 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 138 schools from 24 districts across the state.

The prestigious Leadership Award recognized New Bedford Public Schools with a $10,000 grant for their commitment to expand universal free, BIC programming, served after the bell as part of the school day, across all 26 district schools serving grades PreK-12. Superintendent Pia Durkin’s Breakfast Implementation Team is led by School Nutrition Director Nancy Carvalho and a strong team of school principals and teachers.

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 2017 Healthy Start Schools.


Leadership Awards have been presented to the following individuals.

2014 – Donna Lombardi, Child Nutrition Director, Worcester Public Schools
2015 – Superintendent Kathleen Smith, Brockton Public Schools
2016 – Superintendent Dan Warwick, Springfield Public Schools
2017 – Superintendent Pia Durkin, New Bedford Public Schools