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ERIC Number: ED481934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Breaking Child Nutrition Barriers: Innovative Practices in Massachusetts School Breakfast, Summer Food, and After-School Snack Programs.
Hall, Bryan
Despite the importance of breakfast, summer, and after-school child nutrition programs, coverage in these programs in Massachusetts is low. This report describes the barriers facing the states School Breakfast, Summer Food Service, and After-School Snack Programs and suggests many innovative solutions and resources that program sponsors can use to overcome these barriers and boost enrollment. The five barriers examined individually are: (1) program appeal and visibility; (2) costs and funding; (3) transportation; (4) program stigma; and (5) administrative burdens. Within each section are examples of how other programs have encountered similar barriers and implemented one of the highlighted solutions to overcome the barriers. The "best practice" case models show how programs can overcome barriers and improve program coverage of at-risk youth. The report asserts that although the barriers represent a serious threat to the success of federal child nutrition programs and to the health and educational readiness of Massachusetts children, solutions are available to sponsors to overcome these barriers. A list of resources for sponsors of breakfast, summer, and after-school nutrition programs includes state and national organizations, government agencies, and Internet sites. The report's four appendices contain information about the Child Nutrition Programs, a sample Frequently Asked Questions sheet, a Universal Free Breakfast Fact Sheet, and a summary of the provisions of policy memos from the USDA regarding the Summer Food Service Program. (KB)
Center on Hunger and Poverty, Heller Graduate School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Mailstop 077, Waltham, MA 02454-9110. Tel: 781-736-8885; Fax: 781-736-3925; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brandeis Univ., Waltham, MA. Center on Hunger and Poverty.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts