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Child-Care and Adult-Care Food Program applications available

The R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) is accepting applications from public and private institutions that would like to participate in the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Child-care centers, adult day-care centers, day-care homes, schools, and emergency shelters may participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which currently provides nutritious meals to more than 15,600 participants daily at 610 locations statewide through 95 locally sponsored programs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The federal funds allow the centers to provide nutritious meals and snacks at no separate charge to infants, young children, and adults receiving services as well as to infants and children living in emergency shelters.

Sponsoring institutions serve meals at no separate charge to all participants, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.

RIDE reimburses programs for each meal served, according to predetermined Department of Agriculture reimbursement rates based on the income levels of the families that the programs serve. RIDE will use the following income guidelines to determine funding through June 30, 2017:

Free Meals


Number in Family Annual Gross Income Monthly Gross Income Biweekly Gross Income Weekly Gross Income
1 15,444 1,287 594 297
2 20,826 1,736 801 401
3 26,208 2,184 1,008 504
4 31,590 2,633 1,215 608
5 36,972 3,081 1,422 711
6 42,354 3,530 1,629 815
7 47,749 3,980 1,837 919
8 53,157 4,430 2,045 1,023
Each Add'l Family Member +5,408 +451 +208 +104

Reduced-Price Meals


Number in Family Annual Gross Income Monthly Gross Income Biweekly Gross Income Weekly Gross Income
1 21,978 1,832 846 423
2 29,637 2,470 1,140 570
3 37,296 3,108 1,435 718
4 44,955 3,747 1,730 865
5 52,614 4,385 2,024 1,012
6 60,273 5,023 2,319 1,160
7 67,951 5,663 2,614 1,307
8 75,647 6,304 2,910 1,455
Each Add'l Family Member +7,696 +642 +296 +148

Child and Adult Care Food Program applications and a list of local participating agencies are available from the RIDE Office of Statewide Efficiencies, Shepard Building, 255 Westminster Street, Providence, R.I. 02903-3400.

Contact: Stephen Carey at (401) 222-8936 or Public Information, (401) 222-8471
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