Breaking Bread Program

The Breaking Bread Program is designed to provide individual undergraduate students with an opportunity to meet and have scholarly discussions with faculty members outside of the normal classroom setting. Through this program, students and faculty enjoy good company and great conversation by literally “breaking bread” over a meal together and USC will pick up the tab! Your meal event can take place anywhere outside of the normal classroom setting. Your venue can be a restaurant or eatery on or off-campus.


Only faculty may apply for this program; however, students may encourage faculty to apply. The Breaking Bread program is intended for individual professors and their current undergraduate students. The program does not cover ‘group meals’ (that includes multiple faculty, multiple classes or sessions).

Only enrolled undergraduate students currently registered in your class (lecture only) as listed on each course roster sheet are eligible to participate.  Faculty members can invite a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 10 students per lecture class event for a meal.

In order to apply for the Spring 2019 Breaking Bread Program, you must:

  • Be a current USC Faculty who is the instructor of record for a current undergraduate course as verified by the USC online Schedule of Classes
  • Submit an online application at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the proposed meal event, but no later than Thursday, April 18.
  • Arrange your proposed meal event to take place during a Fall or Spring semester, no later than the last day of classes.  This will be Friday, April 26 for the Spring 2019 semester.
  • Submit one application per LECTURE CLASS section, per course, per semester.  No discussion/lab sections please. APPROVAL PRIOR TO THE MEAL IS REQUIRED. If you meet the eligibility criteria and your online application was submitted correctly, a “Breaking Bread Application – Approval” message will be sent to the email address you provided on the application form. This message will contain specific instructions on how to submit your reimbursement paperwork online no later than two weeks after your meal event. Applications are accepted throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, but must be submitted at least one week (seven calendar days) prior to the meal event. Please submit your application no later than Thursday, April 18 for Spring 2019. The Breaking Bread Program is not available in the Summer.

Reimbursement Rates
The meal event may not take place any later than the last day of the classes (Friday, April 26 for the Spring 2019 semester). If you are scheduling your event towards the end of the semester, your reimbursement paperwork may take an additional 2-4 weeks to process due to high volume reimbursement submission.

Application Dates
Current faculty who would like to participate in the Breaking Bread Program, must submit an online application.

How to Apply
Reimbursement for a single meal event is based on whichever is lower of the following two methods (not to exceed the $165 reimbursement maximum per lecture class event):

  • Actual amount of receipts, -OR-
  • $15 maximum per student (a minimum of 2 students to a maximum of 10 students per lecture class event) + $15 for your faculty meal

Where appropriate, tip amounts may be included in the reimbursed totals, not to exceed 20% of the cost of the meal, and abiding by the reimbursement limits stated above.

Alcohol purchases will not be reimbursed

The Breaking Bread Program is financed and managed by the Office of Undergraduate Programs