The Community Land Trust leads the launch of Rhodie’s Own Food Policy Council

Folks gathered for the community discussion on Food Day

October 24th was a big day for local food across the nation, but especially in Rhode Island. Parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes gathered to access, discuss, and push for a healthier, more affordable and sustainable way of producing and eating food in the state. The day’s activities were part of a national event called National Food Day and was highlighted by the launch of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC).

What is the RI Food Policy Council? Leo Pollock, SCLT’s Program Director, breaks it down for you: “The mission of the council is to strengthen local agriculture and fisheries and fin ways to connect that home-grown food to low income communities across Rhode Island.”

The launch of the Food Policy Council has been two years in the making, after SCLT, in conversation with its community partners, recognized that though there was a lot of on-the-ground work around supporting local food, Rhode Island lacked any high-level coordination for the food system as a whole. With early funding from the Van Bueren Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation, SCLT took the lead in convening a varied group of local and state agencies to embark on a year-long planning process. National Food Day was the official launch date of the newly formed council, involving partners like GrowSmart RO, the Environmental Justice League, the URI Center for Hunger, Brown University, DEM Division of Agriculture and the RI Community Food Bank.

What does the Food Council means for you?

As a Rhode Islander or someone who enjoys eating food that is grown in Rhode Island, the Food Policy Council will act as a policy-changing force to ensure that:
– Food and local agriculture are recognized as important parts of the state’s economy;
– New funding is being brought into the state to strengthen all parts of the food system, from plant to plate;
– Policy changes are being implemented at the State level to make local food more affordable and available to people of all income levels in our state.

October 24th was just the launch. Visit for more information and stay tuned for updates from the Community Land Trust as we continue to work on behalf of the growers, eaters and lovers of all things local.

Check out EcoRI’s coverage of Food Day.

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