PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Students across Southern New England went back to school last week and for some, that meant going to class in person, while others logged on at home for distance learning.

Since many families rely on schools for meals, some districts are offering “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches for those in need.

Here’s a list of districts that announced their plans:

Rhode Island

If your school district is not mentioned below, check the district’s website or the R.I. Department of Health’s list of food sites.

Barrington Public Schools

According to a memo to parents, as distance learning continues, “take-home meals” may be picked up at Barrington High School from 9:30–10:30 a.m. with a student ID, student schedule, or report card. Meal pricing is the regular school lunch price and free or reduced if qualified.

Central Falls School District

The Central Falls School District is providing breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals at Central Falls High School and the Learning Community on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.–noon. Food is available for all students participating in virtual learning and children under 18 years old.

Chariho Regional School District

All children enrolled in Chariho schools can receive free meals, regardless of eligibility status. This includes students who are enrolled in optional remote learning model or eating at school.

Distance learning meals can be picked up outside Chariho High School from 9:15–10:15 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Coventry Public Schools

All Coventry students have access to free breakfast and lunch each day. For remote learners, the meals can be picked up on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 the Coventry High School courtyard (40 Reservoir Road).

To pick up meals, parents must fill out and bring this flyer.

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For those at school, students can pick up a free breakfast on the way into school or their classroom, according to the district. Elementary and middle school students will pre-order free lunches through their teacher, which will be delivered to their classrooms, while high school students will choose from available options at the service area.

Cumberland School Department

The Cumberland School Department has breakfast and lunch available for enrolled students participating in virtual learning. Pick-up is Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the main entrance of McCourt Middle School and the rear student drop-off area at Cumberland High School. Monday’s meals will be distributed on Friday, according to the school district.

An application must be filled out on the department’s website.

East Greenwich School Department

The East Greenwich School Department has grab-and-go meals available for any student or child under the age of 18. Meals are prepared for individual pick-up; no group meals are allowed, according to their flyer.

Pick-up locations are Frenchtown Elementary School and Eldredge Elementary School, Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Fridays, families can pick up a weekend meal package which includes breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday, on top of their Friday meals.

Foster-Glocester Regional Schools

According to Foster-Glocester’s Reopening Schools 2020 page, if a student is in need of meals, they are asked to contact the middle school or high school and arrangements can be discussed.

Middletown Public Schools

For students who will be learning remotely throughout the year, the district has a Grab and Go Program.

Both free breakfast and lunch packages will be available for pick-up Monday through Friday from 8–9:30 a.m. at Door P on the Turner Road Side of Gaudet Middle School.

Parents picking up meals without children should bring the child’s five-digit ID# with them.

North Providence Public Schools

All students enrolled in North Providence Public Schools, including remote learners, can receive free meals on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Ricci Middle School and North Providence High School, according to the district’s flyer.

North Smithfield Public Schools

North Smithfield remote and hybrid learning students can pick up meals Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the North Smithfield High School entrance, their Facebook post says.

Pawtucket School Department

Pawtucket has 14 sites to pick up breakfasts and lunches for distance learners on weekdays. On Fridays, they will provide three meals to include meals for the weekend.

View the list of pick-up locations and times here. The district also posted a video with more information on the free meals.

Providence Public Schools

Providence Public Schools are making “grab and go” meals available to children at eight school sites throughout the city every Tuesday and Friday.

New this year, the meal packages will also include multiple dinners in addition to breakfasts and lunches.

On Tuesdays, district officials say food distribution will include three breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners. Friday food distribution will include two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners.

While the meals will be made available to any child under the age of 18, district officials say the distribution times, 2:30–4:30 p.m, are scheduled to accommodate families of distance learners who are not receiving meal service in schools.

Families can show proof of their students’ ID numbers in order to pick up food without their children being present.​ Social distancing measures will be followed.

The eight pick-up are:

  • Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School at 1450 Broad St.
  • DelSesto Middle School at 152 Springfield St.
  • Nathan Bishop Middle School at 101 Sessions St.
  • Nathaniel Greene Middle School at 721 Chalkstone Ave.
  • Gilbert Stuart Middle School at 188 Princeton Ave.
  • Esek Hopkins Middle School at 480 Charles St.
  • Roger Williams Middle School at 278 Thurbers Ave.
  • Providence Career and Technical Academy/PCTA at 41 Fricker St.

Scituate Public Schools

All students age 18 and under will receive free meals regardless of eligibility status. This includes students who are eating in school or picking the meals up at an optional remote learning site.

The meals can be picked up at Scituate High School School from 8:30–9:30 am. Monday through Friday. Weekend meals will be distributed on Friday.

Smithfield Public Schools

Families of students who are participating in virtual learning may pick up meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.–noon. at Smithfield High School. Weekend meals will be distributed on Friday.

Students who will be in a hybrid model may pick up a meal as they leave school if they will be at home the next day.

Warwick Public Schools

The School Meals Food Truck will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All meals will be distributed in the front or back parking lot (depending on the school’s set-up).

Parents should have students with them and wear masks when approaching the back of the food truck.

See specific pick-up locations and times here »

Woonsocket Public Schools

Sodexo Food Services, in collaboration with the WED, is distributing free “Grab and Go” meals to children ages 18 and under.

Each meal site will be set up outside at designated schools, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Attleboro Public Schools

On remote learning days, Attleboro Public Schools’ families can pick up free breakfast and lunch in front of the entrance to Attleboro High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, according to a memo sent to parents.

Fall River Public Schools

Fall River Public Schools will have grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches available for remote learners on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.–noon and 4–6 p.m. at Durfee, Talbot, Silvia, Viveiros, Henry Lord and Fonseca. See their flyer for more information.

New Bedford Public Schools

New Bedford Public Schools have grab-and-go breakfast and lunch available Monday through Friday, 6:30–7:30 a.m. and 3–6 p.m. Parents and students can pick up meals for the day or multiple days. View their flyer for a list of the 12 pick-up locations.

North Attleboro Public Schools

Meal pick-up is available for breakfast and lunch for all North Attleboro remote learners at each school location. View their website for the full schedule of pick-up times and locations. Families must pre-order all meals.

Seekonk Public Schools

Free meals are available for all in-school and virtual students at Seekonk Public Schools. Both breakfast and lunch can be picked up every day from 10–10:30 a.m. at Seekonk High School.

Taunton Public Schools

Taunton Public Schools said all kids 18 and younger eat free with no name or IDs needed. Pick up is from 9:30–11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at nine locations, which can be found on their flyer. Parents may pick the breakfast and lunch up for their children. The menu can be found on the Taunton Public Schools’ website.