> Rhode Island School Breakfast and Lunch Program
In Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) program provides nutritious, low-cost or free lunches to an average of about 50,000 children daily and breakfasts to 7,000 children daily. Schools that take part in the lunch program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from USDA. Program participants include public school districts, private schools, special needs citizen centers, residential child care institutions, and State schools. All public schools in Rhode Island are mandated by State law to provide breakfast and lunch.
General Program Requirements:
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Rhode Island and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under). Those who qualify must also have an annual household income before taxes that must not exceed $26,955 if two people live in the household; $33,874 if three people live in the household; $40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in the household; $54,631 if six people live in the household; $61,550 if seven people live in the household; $68,469 if eight people live in the household; and $75,388 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home.
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child's school. A listing of your state's schools can be found here:
Program Contact Information:
For more information on Rhode Island School Breakfast and Lunch and to find out who to speak with if you have questions, please visit: