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‘Breakfast After the Bell’ a Huge Success!


It was hot, hot, hot, but the Breakfast After the Bell kickoff for Berkeley Elementary School was a huge success! It was an amazing turnout of students, parents and administration who gathered at the school’s transformed playground on Aug. 29 to celebrate the launch of the program.

Maschio’s Food Service handed out samples of the breakfast items students will be enjoying “after the bell,” such as strawberry oatmeal bars, animal crackers and juice pouches, and helped everyone stay hydrated with an endless supply of cold bottled water.

The purpose of Breakfast After the Bell is to make sure all students have a healthy start to the school day.

Many parents filled out online and paper meal applications at the technology station, which was provided by the school. As an incentive to visit each of our vendor’s booths, we gave away three Stop & Shop gift cards.

The children loved the “Frozen”-themed bounce house, getting their faces painted and dancing with their principal, Dr. Baxter, to pop music from a DJ. Berkeley pride was definitely in the air as showcased by the Berkeley Elementary School Home and School Association, which decorated its table in the black and orange school colors.

A special thank you to Clara Maass Medical Center for sending a child life specialist and the hospital’s Center for Latino Excellence. A thank you also to the YMCA of Montclair, which distributed information about its numerous programs.

And a big thank you to Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services staff, who provided information about services, such as health screenings, lead testing for children and social service benefits. Our Bloomfield Municipal Alliance also was present to raise awareness about substance use prevention.

We also want to express our gratitude to the Bloomfield Public Library for giving away library cards, the Bloomfield Fire Department for bringing its fire truck and teaching everyone about fire safety and the Bloomfield Police Department’s Community Policing Unit for keeping us safe. Lastly, we want to show our appreciation to the president of the school board and the superintendent for being a part of such a groundbreaking day.

All in all, it was a fun, exciting and successful event.

We were super thrilled that several news outlets covered the event, including News 12 New Jersey and the weekly Independent Press (Bloomfield). Check out the coverage here:


Here supporting a healthy start to the school day. Food is fuel!

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Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services

The Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services' mission is to promote physical and mental well-being through policy development, disease detection, prevention and education in a culturally competent manner that ensures the highest quality of life for the residents we serve.