National School Lunch Program
In Rhode Island, the National School Lunch Program provides nutritious, low-cost or free lunches to over 72,000 children daily. Schools that take part in the lunch program get cash subsidies and donated foods from USDA.
Participating program Sponsors include all public schools, state schools and charter schools, and some private schools, special needs citizen centers, and residential child care institutions.
All public schools in Rhode Island are mandated by state law to provide lunches.
Children from families with income:
- Up to 130 % of poverty level are eligible for free meals.
- Between 130 to 185 % of poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals ($.40 or less).
- Over 185 % of poverty pay a price determined by the school or institution for their subsidized meal.
69 % of the lunches served in Rhode Island are served free or at the reduced price.
For additional program information contact:
Stephen Carey, MS RD Nutrition/ School Health Specialist
Sandra Fabrizio, MS