Breaking Bread FAQ

Who can apply to the Breaking Bread Program?

Any current USC Faculty who is the instructor of record for an Undergraduate course as verified by the USC online Schedule of Classes .

How many students and what type of students are eligible to participate in my Breaking Bread meal event?

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

Is the Breaking Bread Program available in the Summer?

No. The Breaking Bread Program is only available during the Fall & Spring semesters.

When is the Breaking Bread Program accepting applications?

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 The meal event must take place no later than the last day of classes.

Will meals held during the finals exam week be reimbursed?

No. Your meal event should take place before the end of regular scheduled classes for the semester.

Is the cost of the faculty meal covered by the Breaking Bread Program?

Faculty are eligible to receive up to $15.00 reimbursement for their own meal when participating in a Breaking Bread meal lecture class event.

Where can I hold my Breaking Bread meal event?

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.

What are the reimbursement rates?

Faculty are reimbursed based on the following:

  • 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 event):
    1. Actual amount of receipts, -OR-
    2. $15 per student (a minimum of 2 students to a maximum of 10 students at a time) + $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

What documentation is required for reimbursement?

The link to the reimbursement form is contained in your event approval email.  To receive your reimbursement for an approved event, you will need your Breaking Bread Application Approval Number, a list of the currently enrolled undergraduate students that attended your Breaking Bread meal event, and a scanned copy of each receipt. Please note: itemized original receipts are required for reimbursement.  Credit card signature receipts with the total only and/or credit card statements are not valid receipts for reimbursement.