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School Breakfast Program

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 a breakfast program.

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

  • Up to 130% of poverty level are eligible for free meals program.
  • Between 130 to 185% of poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals ($.30 or less).
  • Over 185% of poverty pay a price determined by the school or institution for their subsidized meal.
  • 85% of the breakfasts served in Rhode Island are served free or at a reduced price.

Providing ALL KIDS easy access to breakfast EACH SCHOOL DAY can be accomplished by using a number of creative and proven strategies to make breakfast more accessible and more appealing to students, whether served before or after the first bell or eaten in or outside of the cafeteria. The Healthy School Meals Breakfast Expansion Toolkit (developed by the RI Healthy Schools Coalition, in partnership with RIDE) details the research and many proven strategies to increase breakfast participation, provides a step by step guide and timeline for a successful breakfast after the bell (BAB) rollout, and presents best practices from schools/districts across Rhode Island. 


Training & Training Resources

Here you’ll find any upcoming trainings, videos available for viewing, and links to helpful training resources.

Here is a description of the current breakfast meal pattern.

Nutrition & Wellness

USDA Nutrition Programs are designed to improve the health and well-being of children and adults. Here is additional information on nutrition and wellness.

Here are resources to establish and expand your School Breakfast Program.

Documents, Resources & Links Library

Reimbursements Rates and Processing Claims

The Reimbursement and Claims section provides information on USDA reimbursement rates, and RIDE's CNP Connect secure claims processing and management system.

USDA reimbursement rates are updated on a yearly basis. Here are the current reimbursement rates.

FY 2022 School Breakfast State Reimbursement Detail

CNP Connect includes a secure section for processing meal claims.  For additional information on filing meal claims, visit the CNPConnect site.

Program Data & Finance

This section provides local and national data on the School Breakfast Program, and information about fiscal aspects of the Program.

Explore USDA Breakfast Participation Data