About the Council

The Rhode Island Food Policy Council was launched on Food Day 2011 at the State House. Since that time, we have fostered the development and expansion of a committed, passionate and coordinated network of stakeholders by creating linkages and connections among residents, neighborhoods, non-profit agencies, businesses, institutions, cities, towns, state agencies and regional groups. This network is continuing to grow and expand and is now working together to achieve the shared vision of a Rhode Island where there is no food insecurity, where the local food system grows, flourishes, and expands so as to meet the food and nutrition needs of all of its residents and results in the creation of a healthy food environment with zero waste and a thriving, just and expanding local food economy.

2017 Rhode Island Food Policy Council Members:
David Dadekian, RIFPC Chair, Eat Drink RI
Annajane YolkenRIPFC Vice-Chair, The College Crusade of Rhode Island
Jesse RyeRIPFC Treasurer, Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Eva Agudelo, Rhode Island Community Food Bank
Sue AnderBois, Director of Food Strategy, State of Rhode Island
Candace Clavin,  Water Way Farm & New England Tonic & Syrup
Eliza Cohen, RI Public Health Institute
Holly Dion, Whole Foods Market
Vanessa García Polanco, URI
Max Greene, Conservation Law Foundation
Michael Hallock, RI Mushroom Company
M. Dawn King, Center for Environmental Studies, Brown University
Cristina Liberati, Equal Exchange Co-op
Anna Malek Mercer, Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation
Adeline Newbold
Lauren Nocera, Thundermist Health Center
Nicole Richard, University of Rhode Island, Nutrition & Food Sciences Dept.
Douglas Stuchel, Johnson & Wales University

Workgroup Chairs:
EnvironmentAntonia Bryson
ProductionKenneth Payne
EconomyJeff Powell
AccessGeorgina Sarpong
HealthAnnajane Yolken


Communications and Outreach Director Sumana Chintapalli
Network Director Leo Pollock

Further Reading:
Rhode Island Food Policy Council By-Laws (PDF)
History of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council (PDF)

2011 RI Food Assessment (PDF)

2016 Update to the Food Assessment (PDF)