Category Archives: Press

Governor Baker Signs Breakfast After the Bell Legislation Into Law!

August 4, 2020 / News, Press

Efforts by the Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition will increase access to school breakfast for more than 150,000 low-income students in Commonwealth BOSTON– Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation into law to alleviate childhood hunger and ensure more kids start school with a healthy breakfast, making Massachusetts the 13th state in the nation to […]

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House Takes Next and Final Step Forward

July 28, 2020 / News, Press, Uncategorized

    “Thank you to Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo, House Chair of the Education Committee Alice Peisch and House Bill Sponsors Representatives Aaron Vega and Andy Vargas. On behalf of the thousands of children who are currently food insecure and need consistent access to school breakfast, Thank you.” – Rise and Shine Massachusetts […]

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RSMA Statement: House Passes Breakfast After the Bell Legislation

November 20, 2019 / News, Press

For Immediate Release November 20, 2019 Contact: Catherine Drennan (617) 828-7422 House Passes Breakfast After the Bell Legislation BOSTON– Today, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to fight childhood hunger and ensure more kids start their school day with a healthy breakfast in the Commonwealth’s highest poverty schools. House Bill 4218, An […]

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Cape Cod Times: “Taking a Community Approach to Hunger”

June 19, 2018 / News, Press

On Friday, June 15th, Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition members convened an observation of Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School’s “Breakfast After the Bell” program with state Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and state Representative William Crocker (R-Centerville). The Cape Cod Times captured this visit here. 

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Boston Globe: Boston Makes Little Progress on School Breakfast Goal

May 3, 2018 / News, Press

On Thursday, May 03, 2018, The Eos Foundation released their Second Annual Massachusetts School Breakfast Report Card, “Ending Hunger in Our Classrooms: Expanding After the Bell Breakfast to Fuel Student Learning.” The report includes a definitive ranking of the state’s 638 high poverty schools on their school breakfast participation rates – a measure of success […]

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Worcester Telegram: Worcester plans to expand in-school breakfast program

March 26, 2018 / News, Press

On Friday, March 23rd, the Worcester County Food Bank hosted a school breakfast observation at the Chandler Magnet School in Worcester for Representatives James O’Day (D-West Boylston) and Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester). The two legislators observed the school’s after the bell breakfast program and learned more about the pending legislation S.242/H.327 “An Act Regarding Breakfast After […]

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Boston Globe: Boston to expand breakfast in classroom program

September 5, 2017 / Press

The Boston Public Schools this year plan to triple the number of schools that serve free breakfast in the classroom in hopes of getting more kids to start the day on a full stomach. Teachers will hand out french toast sticks, muffins, and other items after the morning bell rings. Students can munch away as […]

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Boston Herald: Lawmakers lobbying for Breakfast After the Bell

April 30, 2017 / Press

When it comes to feeding disadvantaged kids a morning meal in the classroom, the Bay State ranks near the bottom nationally — a statistic that is fueling a push on Beacon Hill to require hundreds of schools in low-income neighborhoods to provide breakfast after the bell. “For a lot of kids, the last meal they […]

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