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.

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

  • National School Lunch Program
  • School Breakfast Program
  • Child & Adult Care Program
  • After School Meals Program
  • Summer Food Service Program
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program

 

 

 

 

 

Go to the Child Nutrition Program site.

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, 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.

More information may be found at CNP Connect, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact:


Stephen Carey, MS RD
Nutrition/ School Health Specialist
Stephen.carey@ride.ri.gov  
401-222-8936

or

Sandra Fabrizio, MS
Sandra.fabrizio@ride.ri.gov
401-222-4682

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 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 at CNP Connect, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact:


Stephen Carey, MS RD
Nutrition/ School Health Specialist
Stephen.carey@ride.ri.gov  
401-222-8936

or

Sandra Fabrizio, MS
Sandra.fabrizio@ride.ri.gov
401-222-4682

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a USDA federally funded program administered by RIDE. The program ensures that eligible children and adults attending qualifying non-residential day care facilities receive nutritious meals and snacks. 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.

Sponsors in the Child and Adult Care Food Program must serve meals that meet federal guidelines at no cost to the children and adults.

More information may be found at CNP Connect and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact:


Kathy Kendall, MS, RD, LDN
Nutrition/ School Health Specialist
kathy.kendall@ride.ri.gov
401-222-8935

There are two different after-school food programs available. 

Sponsor in the National School Lunch Program

Schools operating the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to participate in the After School 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.  After-school snacks contribute to the overall nutrition children need to learn, play, and grow. Organized, structured, and supervised after school 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 at CNP Connect.

For additional program information contact:


Stephen Carey, MS RD
Nutrition/ School Health Specialist
Stephen.carey@ride.ri.gov
401-222-8936

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

USDA funds afterschool meals through the CACFP.  Known as the “At-Risk After Schools Meal Program”, this program serves a meal or a snack 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 are provided at no cost to the children.

Childcare institutions interested in participating must operate an after-school 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; they become a CACFP sponsor for qualified after school programs.

More information may be found at CNP Connect.

For additional program information contact:


Kathy Kendall, MS, RD, LDN
Nutrition/ School Health Specialist
Kathy.kendall@ride.ri.gov
401-222-8935

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 at CNP Connect, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact:


Stephen Carey, MS RD

Nutrition/ School Health Specialist
Stephen.carey@ride.ri.gov  
401-222-8936

or

Sandra Fabrizio, MS
Sandra.fabarizio@ride.ri.gov
401-222-4682

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is an important catalyst for change in an effort to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn healthy eating habits.  It is an effective and creative way of introducing students to foods they may not otherwise have the opportunity to sample.

The healthy fruit and vegetable snacks are provided to children at no cost.

Elementary schools that participate in the NSLP, and have a higher % of students certified for free/reduced price meal benefits, are eligible to take part in the FFVP.  Schools are reimbursed for offering these children a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables snacks during the school week.

More information may be found at CNP Connect, and at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact:


Sandra Fabrizio, MS
FFVP Coordinator
Sandra.Fabrizio@ride.ri.gov
401-222-4682

Schools play an important role in helping to reduce childhood obesity. Children who eat nutritious foods and get regular physical activity are more likely to perform better academically.

In order to encourage schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to create and maintain a healthy school environment, USDA has established the Healthier US School Challenge.  It’s a voluntary certification initiative that recognizes and rewards schools for their efforts in improving food and beverage offerings, teaching kids about nutritious food choices and being physically active, providing opportunities for physical activity, and having supportive school wellness policies.

More information may be found at CNP Connect.

For additional program information contact:


Sandra Fabrizio, MS

Sandra.Fabrizio@ride.ri.gov
401-222-4682

Additional Information

Additional information may be found at CNP Connect.