Food Matters 2014 Topics and Dates

Please mark your calendars for the Food Matters 2014 Community Conversation Series:

September 24, 2014, 6- 8 p.m.

From Ocean to Table in the Ocean State:  Connecting RI Fishers with RI Consumers

Host, Ross Pearsall, Ocean State Fresh
Location: The Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport

November 13, 2014, 6 - 8 p.m.
Hungering for Healthy: Increasing Food Access Through Alternative Distribution

Host, Kayla Ringelheim, Farm Fresh RI & Chair, RIFPC Access Work Group
Location: Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren, RI


VISIT THE MAY 2014 PAGE:  Wednesday, May 28, 2014  6 - 8 p.m.
How to Grow a Local Food System: RI-Based Food Businesses Share Their Stories

Co-Hosts, Melina Packer, Chair RIFPC Thriving & Just Economy Work Group & Brian Goldberg, RISD

The Portfolio Cafe, RISD 15 Westminster, Providence, RI

VISIT THE MARCH 2014 PAGE:  Wednesday, March 19, 2014  6 - 8 p.m.
The Future of the Rhode Island Landfill:  What Will It Mean for Food Waste?
Host, Krystal Noiseux, RI Resource Recovery Corporation
Burrillville Middle School, 2220 Broncos Highway, Harrisville, RI


Sankofa World Market - Fridays 3- 7 PM, Providence

The Sankofa World Market is a new farmers and craft market now open in the West End of Providence.

Visit every Friday through the fall to enjoy crafts, produce, prepared foods and music.

Local food truck The Salad Man also in attendance.

What: Sankofa World Market (flyer below)
Where: 218 Dexter St., Providence
When: Fridays 3-7 pm

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July 21 meeting: Interagency Food & Nutrition Policy Advisory Council

Mail Attachment.jpegInteragency Food and Nutrition Policy Advisory Council meeting on:

Monday, July 21st from 2:30-4:00 PM
401 Conference Room
Fourth floor, Rhode Island Department of Health
Three Capitol Hill, Providence

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New Food Producers Network

New Food Producers Network
July 11th
1pm at Harvest Kitchen
542 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Join the Food Policy Council Production Work Group's first gathering of New Food Producers on Friday, July 11th at Farm Fresh RI's Harvest Kitchen.

The goal of the New Food Producers Network is to create a forum for new, small food businesses to connect about the opportunities and challenges of creating a new food business in Rhode Island, and connect food entrepreneurs to resources and peers.

Town Hall for Gubernatorial Candidates - need questions!

RIFPC is proud to help Eat Drink RI present a Town Hall style forum for all the Candidates for Governor of Rhode Island on:

Wednesday August 13th, 6 pm, at the Sons of Liberty Spirits Distillery, South Kingstown

A portion of the questions to be asked at the Town Hall will come from Rhode Islanders who own food businesses, work in the food and beverage industry or are involved with the RI food system (*this means you, RIFPC Work Group and Committee Members!).

SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER - Food Safety Task Force Conference

Save the Date & Register:

20th Annual Food Safety Conference
Monday September 15th, 2014 - 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Radisson Hotel Providence Airport, Warwick, RI

"What You Need to Know About GMOs:  Safety, Labeling and Economic Impact"

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Invitation & Agenda


Work Group Support for RI Food Workers

Interfaith Vigil Supporting Low-Wage Fast Food and Hotel Workers
Thursday June 26th, from 11:30am-12:30
Renaissance Hotel in Providence, 5 Avenue of the Arts

The RI Food Policy Council’s Thriving and ​Just ​ Food ​Economy Work Group and the Consumers and Equitable Access to Healthy Foods Work Group have both prioritized supporting low-wage Rhode Island workers all along the food supply chain.

A New England Food Vision

FSNE-logo-rgb_0.jpeg  Last week Rhode Island was proud to host delegates from every New England state at the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Summit.  Over 150 people, including our own RI delegates, participated in a 2-day shared conversation about New England's food future.

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GROWING CITIES - a film screening about Urban Agriculture








A Film About Urban Farming in America

A documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America
and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities
and change the way we eat.

Food Matters May 28 at RISD Portfolio Cafe

Our May Food Matters Community Conversation was co-hosted by our 2 Council members Melina Packer and Brian Goldberg.  Melina and Brian deftly facilitated an 8-person panel conversation and room discussion around our May topic:

How To Grow A Local Food System:  RI-Based Food Businesses Share Their Stories.

The room was packed (standing room only!) and the food, provided by RISD Dining Services, was excellent.  Visit our May Food Matters Recap page for more info.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Our May Food Matters panelists were: (Bio Sheet below)

Jane Christopher, President RI Raised Livestock Association (RIRLA)
Sara Grady, Vice President of Programming, Glynwood
Philip Trevvett, Cooperative Council Members, Urban Greens Food Co-Op
Heather Snow, Fresh Foods Account Coordinator, Roch's Fruit and Produce
Hannah Mellion, Program Director, Market Mobile, Farm Fresh RI

Nessa Richman, Brightseed Strategies, Member 2014 LASA Advisory Committee
Alex Linkow, Program Director, Fair Food Fund
Lisa Raiola, Founder and President, Hope & Main


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