LAWRENCE — Students in Lawrence can make a strong start each day.

Through the Community Eligibility Program, every student in Lawrence can eat a free breakfast each morning. More than 7,300 of them take advantage of this, according to Project Bread, a major provider of food for people in need and the longtime organizer of the annual Walk for Hunger.

State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover; state Rep. Marcos Devers, D-Lawrence; and Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, recently visited Frost Elementary School and stressed to students the importance of eating a solid breakfast.

"As an educator and former Lawrence superintendent, I know the benefits school breakfast has on students in the classroom,” Riley said. “It is great to be back in Lawrence to see the work being done in the district to ensure students can access a healthy meal at the start of the school day.” 

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education administers school breakfasts in Massachusetts. The state agency works with Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program to increase participation in this opportunity.

“School breakfast programs ensure all students can start the day with a healthy breakfast so they are ready to learn,” Project Bread President Erin McAleer said.