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RIDE’s Child Nutrition Programs

Through our nutrition standards and our support for food services in our schools and the afterschool and summer programs, we ensure that Rhode Island students have access to healthy meals that support their well-being and their readiness for learning.

 

Child Nutrition Programs provide education, leadership, technical assistance, training, resources, oversight and guidance on policies and regulations to ensure the nutritional wellbeing of all Rhode Islanders.

Screenshot of the Child Nutrition Program homepage

Go to the Child Nutrition Program site now to find information on:

  • National School Lunch Program
  • School Breakfast Program
  • Child & Adult Care Food Program
  • Afterschool Snack and Meal Programs
  • Summer Food Service Program
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

 

Go to the Child Nutrition Program site.

 

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

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.

State law mandates that all public schools provide lunch through the National School Lunch Program.

    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.

More information may be found on the ride cnp National School Lunch Program page, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

School Breakfast Program (SBP)

In Rhode Island, the School Breakfast Program provides balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to an average of about 29,000 children daily. Program participants include public school districts, private schools, residential child care institutions, and state schools. Sponsors are reimbursed for meals served which meet usda guidelines.

State law mandates that all public schools provide breakfast through the School Breakfast Program.

As in the lunch program, children from families with incomes:

  • Up to 130% of poverty level are eligible for free meals.
  • Between 130 to 185% of poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals ($.30 or less).
  • Over 185% of poverty may pay a regular price for their subsidized meal.

85% of the breakfasts served in Rhode Island are served free or at a reduced price.

More information may be found on the CNP School Breakfast Program, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a USDA federally funded program administered by the RI Department of Education. It is designed to provide nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults attending qualifying day care (non-residential) facilities.

Sponsors are reimbursed for snacks and meals served which meet usda guidelines.

The program operates in child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, family and group day care homes, homeless shelters, and adult day care centers.

All snacks and meals must meet the requirements of the CACFP Meal Patterns and be served at no cost to the children and adults.

More information may be found on the ride cnp Child and Adult Care Food Program page, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

Afterschool Snack and Meal Programs

Sponsor in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)


Schools operating the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to participate in the Afterschool Snack Program when they provide educational or enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment after the end of the school day.

Snacks are provided at no cost to the children.

Good nutrition is essential for full physical and cognitive development. Afterschool snacks contribute to the overall nutrition children need to learn, play, and grow. Organized, structured, and supervised afterschool programs provide safe environments for students after school. Nutritious snacks enable children to think and behave better. Healthy snacking contributes to healthy eating patterns now and in the future.

More information may be found on the RIDE CNP National School Lunch Program page, and at the United States Department of Agriculture

Sponsor in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)


USDA funds afterschool meals through the CACFP. Known as the "At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program", this program serves a snack and/or meal to children in low-income areas during the school year.

The program provides children and youth a safe place to go after school and nutritious food that gives them the energy they need to concentrate on homework and join their friends in physical, educational, and social activities.

A nutritious snack and/or meal is provided at no cost to the children.

Childcare institutions interested in participating must operate an afterschool care program at an “area eligible” site (i.e. located in the attendance area of a school where at least 50 percent of students receive free/reduced price meals).

Schools operating under the National School Lunch Program may also be eligible to provide suppers by becoming a CACFP sponsor for qualifying afterschool programs.

Learn more about the options for out-of-school-time meal service.

More information may be found on the RIDE CNP Child and Adult Care Food Program page, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Summer Food Service Program funds primarily lunches and breakfasts and, in some cases, suppers or snacks for children in needy areas when school is not in session during the summer. In Rhode Island, the program provides an average of over 300,000 meals during the summer.

These meals are provided to children at no cost.

Sponsorship is limited to public or private nonprofit school food authorities, state or local governments, public or private nonprofit colleges or universities that are operating the National Youth Sports Program, public or private nonprofit residential summer camps, and private nonprofit organizations that operate special summer programs.

More information may be found on the RIDE CNP Summer Food Service Program page, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

The USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options to children in elementary schools.

The healthy fruit and vegetable snacks are provided to children at no cost and are offered separately from the lunch or breakfast meals.

    The goals of the FFVP are to:

  • Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices
  • Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience
  • Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health

Through an annual application process (early spring), elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program are selected to enroll in the FFVP. To be selected for the FFVP, a school must:

  • Be an elementary school
  • Represent the highest percentage of students certified for free and reduced-price benefits
  • Participate in the NSLP
  • Complete an annual application for the FFVP

More information may be found on the CNP Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.


Contact Information

For questions related to the Child Nutrition Programs at ride, please view our Child Nutrition Programs directory page