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Menu for Success 

Rhode Island students to design, operate food trucks through RIDE’s $1.625 million initiative

For an investment of just over $1.6 million from the School Building Authority Capital Fund, RIDE can provide 13 school districts with food trucks and associated supports. The Menu for Success initiative will benefit communities at large by providing internship and job opportunities, concessions at games and work sites, presence at community events, fundraising and community service opportunities and more. Participating districts include Central Falls, Chariho, Cranston, Coventry, Davies Career & Technical High School, East Providence, Lincoln, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, Westerly, and Woonsocket.
 
Pictured left to right: RI Governor Deputy Chief of Staff Joseph Almond, Family and Computer Science teacher Amanda Migneault, Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, Lincoln Superintendent Dr. Larry Filippelli, students Jayson Roy and Spencer Evans, Family and Computer Science teacher Frank DeCaro, Lincoln High School Principal Rob Mezzanotte.
 
 

Appetite for Equity 

Rhode Island's food industry is on the move! While Rhode Island’s food sector accounts for tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in sales annually, Rhode Island lags far behind in creating opportunities for people of color to own and operate restaurants. Only 2% of Rhode Island’s 14,000 restaurants are owned by people of color. Through industry exposure, RIDE’s Menu for Success initiative aims to open doors for students of color and increase the number of students who graduate with a defined plan for continued success.
 
Students from Davies Career and Technical High School Hospitality Career program celebrate the school being awarded funding for a food truck through RIDE's Menu For Success initiative. Joining them is Commissioner Infante-Green and RIDE Chief Operating Officer Mario Carreño. 
Warwick Area Career and Technical Center SkillsUSA students join Commissioner Infante-Green, WACTC Director Timothy Kane, Assistant Superintendent Bill McCaffrey, Superintendent Lynn Dambruch and WACTC Department Head Gene Kelly for a photo celebrating the Menu for Success opportunity.
 
RIDE Deputy Commissioner Lisa Odom-Villella joins Woonsocket city, district and school leadership and students from the Woonsocket Area Career and Tech Center. 
 
 
Hungry for more?

In the News

Menu for Success is serving up a lot of interest! Take a bite of the news coverage:
 
 

December 20, 2022

Stay tuned. Students, educators, administrators, RIDE staff and partners will be sharing their food truck journey every step of the way in the Menu for Success Blog!

-the RIDE Team