After the Bell (ATB) Breakfast Initiative –
Healthy Start Awards

Each year Eos hosts an annual Healthy Start Awards Ceremony to 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.

2019’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. Due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus, the Healthy Start Awards event did not take place in 2020.




Previous District Awardees:
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

ATB Breakfast at Alfred J. Gomes Elementary in New Bedford.

ATB Breakfast at Stefanik K-5 School in Chicopee.