Resources for Families

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

This program provides free or reduced priced meals to all the children in a household if the household income is below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

  • Children in Households with income at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines are entitled to receive free meals.

  • Children are entitled to pay a reduced price (40¢ or less) for meals if their household income is above 130 percent but at or below 185 percent of these guidelines.

  • All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP, FDPIR or TANF are eligible for free meals.

  • Foster children under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.

  • Children participating in their school's Head Start program are eligible for free meals.


This program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service.

A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines ($60,000 per year for a family of 4), or if at least one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Receives SNAP Benefits

  • Receives Medicaid

  • Receives Federal Public Housing Assistance

  • Received Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • Receives WIC

  • Receives Lifeline

  • Participates in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year

United Way RI

United Way of Rhode Island's 211 can connect you with housing, food, affordable childcare, and much more.

  • 211 is a free, confidential service.

  • Your call is answered by a trained professional.

  • One call connects you with the appropriate resources you need in your community.

  • It is efficient, fast and easy to use.

  • No more wrong numbers or wasted time trying to find the right resource.

  • It is always there for you—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

  • Translation services available in many languages.

RI Association of Community Action Agencies

RICAA Member Community Action Agencies provide a range of programs to help Rhode Island individuals and families across the state.

Basic & Emergency Needs
Financial Services
Senior Services
Youth & Family Support & Development