Locke Lord’s Lou Rizoli (Boston) successfully lobbied the Massachusetts legislature on behalf of Project Bread to keep the nonprofit’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program funded at $375,000 (until FY2014, this program was level funded at $250,000). The $125,000 increase in funding has led to Project Bread reaching thousands of more children in need through two previously underutilized federal nutrition programs, the School Breakfast and Summer Food Service Programs. In 2015-2016, 21,755 more Massachusetts low-income students participated each day in school breakfast — a 15 percent increase from the previous year. In 2016, Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program opened 45 new summer meals sites for a total of 860 programs across Massachusetts. The Summer Food Service Program served more than 2.5 million meals (over 17,000 more than 2015) to nearly 60,000 Massachusetts children in need. The participation increase also means that Massachusetts brought an additional $7.2 million back to the state in federal dollars that was previously left behind. The total additional federal dollars brought into Massachusetts over the past three years is now close to $23 million.
Posted April 19, 2017