Pittsfield- Project Bread’s Massachusetts Child Hunger Initiative, in collaboration with community leaders, are providing meals to children during the summer as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and State Representative Daniel E. Bosley (D-North Adams) today announce the award of a $1000.00 grant for the North Adams Public School systems to increase the number of children who receive free meals during summer months.
“Hunger is a public health issue,” says Downing. “It is important that we continue to provide children with nutrition they can rely on during the summer months. I am pleased that Project Bread has chosen North Adams Public Schools for this much-needed funding.”
Project Bread’s grant is part of an initiative to leverage additional federal funding into low-income communities by increasing participation in federally reimbursed food programs. These additional resources will help deliver food to our most vulnerable populations.
“We have programs for kids the nine months out of the year school is in session, but we need to address the existing gaps that occur in the summer months. Nutritious meals are available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, however it is important that nutritious meals are available throughout the entire year,” stated Bosley.
Bosley, as a member of the Council of State Governments (CSG), has circulated a memo to his fellow members and drafted a resolution to promote the SFSP federal program and support federal legislation that would expand this program to all States in the Country.
If you would like to learn more about Project Bread programming and donation opportunities, please visit www.projectbread.com or call (617) 723-5000.