Joan Rabin: Pass Breakfast After the Bell bill

Published: 7/30/2020 3:18:57 PM

As many of us enjoy the abundant summer harvest, there are others in our communities who struggle to put food on their tables daily. Food insecurity, an ongoing problem, is woefully increasing due to the economic strains caused by the pandemic.

At a recent Town Hall meeting organized by state Reps. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, and Natalie Blais, D-Sunderland, and introduced with poignant words from Congressman Jim McGovern, testimony attested to the severity of this hunger crisis, as well as  to the impressive work being done by organizations like Project Bread and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts that are working on the front lines, fighting this more hidden, but nevertheless very real, epidemic.

One bill that beautifully addresses this hunger crisis is An Act Regarding Breakfast After the Bell (S.2473/H.4218), which offers breakfast for an estimated 150,000 children in more than 600 high-poverty schools in our commonwealth.  Each school determines an implementation most effective for its student body and district.  The program is offered to all students in the school, hence eliminating the possibility of stigma. 

Only when a student starts the day with proper nutrition can she or he concentrate on schoolwork and learn to full potential.  Our schools do more than teach our children; at times such as these, we must rely on schools to feed them as well.

Please write to Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo (Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov) and Senate President Karen Spilka (Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov), urging them to move this legislation forward with good speed so that it is in place as soon as schools reopen.

 Joan Rabin

Amherst

 


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