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 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 at the United States Department of Agriculture

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Here is a description of the current breakfast meal pattern.

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.

Welcome to the School Breakfast Program Documents, Resources and Helpful Links. This section includes RIDE issued documents, and additional resource, document and links from a variety of sources related to this USDA Program.

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

Explore resources from Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) on expanding Breakfast Participation in your school.

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.

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