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Breakfast After the Bell

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Low-income children rely on school meals for more than half of their daily calories. 

For these children, school breakfast on Monday morning may be their first healthy meal—or first meal at all—since school lunch the Friday before.

Students can't learn when they are hungry. There are great disparities between children who have adequate access to healthy food and those who do not. But school breakfast can help level the playing field. Children who eat breakfast are more likely to arrive on time to school, retain what they learn, and experience improved health outcomes.

Since 1995, Project Bread has been working in schools throughout the state to implement school breakfast. Over these 20 years, we have found that the most effective way to ensure students participate in school breakfast is by serving it after the bell. Breakfast after the bell has proven to increase participation in school breakfast by up to 85%. 

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But right now, only half of all students who need school breakfast (those eligible for free or reduced-price school meals) are receiving it. We are working in coalition with other organizations—through the Rise and Shine Coalition—to support legislation, S. 2441 "An Act Regarding Breakfast After the Bell."

Thank you for your advocacy on this issue.

Using the form below, send an email directly to your State Senator asking them to support this bill.


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  • Your State Senator or Senators

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Message

Please Support School Breakfast After the Bell

Dear [Decision Maker],

I believe no one in Massachusetts should go hungry, but unfortunately, 1 in 7 children in our state is food-insecure. That is why I am asking you to support S.2441, An Act Regarding Breakfast After the Bell.

Right now, only half of all students who need school breakfast (those eligible for free or reduced-price school meals), are receiving it. Children who eat breakfast are more likely to arrive on time to school, retain what they learn, and experience better health outcomes. Breakfast After the Bell is proven to increase participation in school breakfast by up to 85%.

Please ensure this bill passes quickly so that more children have access to a healthy school
breakfast and can start the day ready to learn.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]