Senate Oversight Committee Hears Testimony from Superintendent Harper, local experts on Food Insecurity

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On Friday, September 27, Superintendent Harper provided testimony to state lawmakers at the Food is Public Health Senate Oversight Hearing. The event, held at Greenfield Community College, featured experts testifying on the impact of food insecurity on public health and education in the Commonwealth. Superintendent Harper launched the School Lunch panel, and highlighted the Greenfield Public Schools work as an early adopter of key initiatives including: Breakfast After the Bell (Breakfast in the Classroom), 2nd Chance Breakfast at GHS, local produce through community farmers, school gardens, and policies that protect students from "lunch shaming" through best practices. The Greenfield Public Schools serves free breakfast to all enrolled students, and currently has 3 Community Eligibility Provision Schools (Academy of Early Learning, Newton School, and Federal Street School) where all students receive a free lunch regardless of eligibility status, and serves Breakfast in the Classroom at Newton School, Federal Street School, and Greenfield Middle School. For the past 2 years, all 3 BIC schools have received the Healthy Start Award at the State house for their successful participation in healthy breakfast programs. 

Click here for a slideshow of the event and click here for newspaper coverage of the Senate Hearing. 

GPS School Breakfast Models Slideshow Presentation

Questions and discussions at Food is Public Health Senate Oversight Hearing