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.
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).
In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
|Household Size*||Maximum Income Level (Per Year)|
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child's school. A listing of your state's schools can be found on the School Meals page.