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The Rhode Island Food Policy Council's work is coordinated by a statewide collaboration of diverse, committed and engaged stakeholders from all sectors of the food system.  The Rhode Island Food Policy Council creates partnerships, develops policies and advocates for improvements to the local food system to increase and expand its capacity, viability and sustainability.

From the blog

9/17/15
Newport, Rhode Island—mansions, yachts, fancy shops, and upscale restaurants and 70 percent of public school students living below poverty level. A surprising dichotomy, and one indicative of another problem facing more than 150,000 Rhode Islanders—food insecurity. In the U. S., more than 15 percent of people, almost 50 million, don’t know from where and when their next meal will come, and
7/20/15
Our food system encompasses the growers, the producers, the distributors, but also those in the service industry. For many of the people who serve us food all day, every day, putting food on their own tables is a challenge. In Rhode Island, food service workers earn a meager $2.89 an hour -- just 30% of Rhode Island’s minimum wage. Forced to rely on the generosity of strangers, much of the food
6/29/15
As the Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator for Farm Fresh Rhode Island, one of my favorite jobs is promoting RI Grown foods to RI senior centers. Last summer, Farm Fresh piloted “Farm to Senior,” a local-foods promotion initiative targeting RI senior centers. The idea was born while planning the third year of a successful “Healthy Servings for Seniors” nutrition education program in partnership with
12/29/14
2014 marked an exciting year for the RIFPC, both in terms of regional and local collaboration, policy changes, pilot projects, educational events and the convening of stakeholders. Highlights from the past year include: RIFPC served as local host of the 2014 Food Solutions New England Summit, held June 12-13 in Pawtucket. For the first time, access and equity served as major themes of the Summit
9/11/14
Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is thrilled to announced the release of A New England Food Vision , a collaborative report and bold vision outlining how New England can locally produce at least of 50 percent of clean, fair, just and accessible food for all citizens by 2060. Incorporating more than three years of collaborative research and input from hundreds of voices throughout New England, A

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