Food Service


Welcome to Food & Nutrition

The Portsmouth School Department is committed to providing our students with nutritious, affordable meals during the school day.  Thanks to nationwide waivers for federally funded meal programs, school meals were free to all students through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, these waivers have expired, so schools must return to charging for breakfast and lunch and can only provide free or reduced-price meals to students who qualify for those benefits. Our priority is the health and well-being of all students, so they can succeed in the classroom and beyond. School meals are among the healthiest meals that children eat in a day and we encourage all students to participate.

Melville and Hathaway Meal Costs





Portsmouth Middle & High School Meal Costs





Reduced Meal Costs






Every student will have a school lunch account. Your child's student ID number will also serve as their lunch code. Funds can be added to your child's account by visiting


Families can qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household income by submitting a meal application. Applications can be obtained from the Portsmouth School Department or families can apply online at

Food Service Department Contact:

Rachel Marciano
Business Office Financial Clerk
(401) 683-1039 x1015
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Useful Links

Rhode Island Department of Education- Nutrition Programs

United States Department of Agriculture- Food and Nutritional Service