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ISBP Experiences

“Our teachers have shared that the children look at the seniors as if they were a grandparent and looked forward to spending time with them and learning about the importance of good nutrition…My experience with ISBP was excellent and I would highly recommend your participation in the program.” - Joseph Ferraina, Superintendent of Long Branch Schools

In evaluation surveys and personal interviews school district personnel, volunteers, and children have shared their positive experiences with the Intergenerational School Breakfast Program (ISBP). Participants have reported that:

  • Children seemed more alert and better behaved in class on the days they saw their “breakfast buddies.”

  • Children benefited from socializing with older adult volunteers and learning from their experiences.


  • Children were more willing to try new foods after talking about them with the volunteers.

  • The program materials and books were a good way to make learning about nutrition fun.


  • Food service workers noticed less plate waste on days the volunteers visited the school.


  • Volunteers enjoyed spending time with, and reading to the children.

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