Posted by Christina Jedra February 6, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Project Bread:
Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, is pleased to welcome Peter Steele [pictured left] as an administrative associate to the Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP). In his new role, Peter will help to increase participation in two underutilized federal child nutrition programs, the National School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program.
“I think early education is so important in giving an individual the chance to learn, grow, and eventually discover what they’re passionate about in life,” said Peter. “It’s vitally important that kids in school have all the support that could possibly be available to them, and having nutritious and tasty meals is definitely part of that. Hunger is genuinely terrible and completely unnecessary.”
Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and administered by Project Bread, CNOP works to ensure that kids have the healthy food they need to grow and learn effectively. With a focus on low-income communities, the CNOP team works with school nutrition directors, superintendents, principals, and other school personnel across the Commonwealth to promote the benefits of childhood nutrition programs.
“The CNOP team does a wide array of things, from providing technical assistance to communities on introducing or expanding breakfast and summer feeding programs to encouraging cost-effective ways to improve the nutritional quality of school and summer meals,” continued Peter. “There’s a lot going on, and I’m excited to have my hand in all of it.”
Peter is a recent graduate from Macalester College with a degree in English. He lives in Winchester and enjoys biking and running in Somerville and Cambridge. Peter is looking forward to participating in his first Walk for Hunger this year on Sunday, May 5th. He will join more than 40,000 Walkers and 2,000 Volunteers to raise funds for those struggling to put food on the table in Massachusetts.
About Project Bread
Project Bread is the only statewide antihunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative local fresh food initiatives that help the individual and the community. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org, www.facebook.com/projectbread, or www.twitter.com/walkforhunger.
About the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, sometimes referred to as the Massachusetts Department of Education, is the state education agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is responsible for public education at the elementary and secondary levels, and is governed by the Massachusetts Board of Education. For more information, visit www.doe.mass.edu.