Breakfast After The Bell Creates Change
At Watsessing Elementary School parent engagement in the Breakfast After the Bell program has been very active. Upon visiting the wellness committee at Watsessing Elementary School created by the school facility and Health Educators from the Bloomfield Health Department we learned that some parents were unhappy with the breakfast selection provided by the food distributor. These proactive parents rallied together and attended their local Board of Education meeting where they voiced their opinion on the food selections. As a result of their concern for the nutritional value of their children’s breakfast, the food distribution company was agreeable to make changes. They made food items such as assorted muffins, mini bagels with cream cheese, graham crackers, and assorted fruit available as a selection. Another addition was the digital menu available online for the month for parents to review beforehand.
We are also pleased to announce that efforts from the wellness committee which was started to engage facility members in the Breakfast After the Bell program will now be expanding their initiatives. We were able to attend back to school night to answer parent questions about the program and other health department related questions. SNAP-Ed was brought in to Watsessing Elementary School by the Health Department to deliver a nutrition program for their 7th-grade students. The program included an in-class cooking demonstration and tasting, which the students enjoyed. Another partner brought in by Health Department efforts was the Center of Excellence for Latino Health at Clara Mass Medical Center to conduct health screenings at Home & Association meetings. The purpose of the grant was to implement the Breakfast after the Bell program but the impact and impression it helped us make allowed us to gain the trust and respect of the school, students, and parents to bring other initiatives to them that addressed other health disparities. .
About the Grantee
The Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services' mission is to prevent disease and promote physical and mental well-being through policy development, disease detection, prevention, education, and enforcement. We aim to do so in a culturally competent manner that ensures the highest quality of life for the residents we serve.