Upcoming Events:

Rhode Island Ag Day at the State House, May 17, 2017:

On Ag Day local farmers, food businesses, and community groups provide food samples and information about their work to the public. Displays will be set up around the State House Rotunda.  Get to know your local food system! Free and open to the public.

Concluded Events:

January 17, 2017, 11am-5pm, Rhode Island Food System Summit


December 6, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm, RIFPC End of Year Gathering at FFRI’s Harvest Kitchen

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Please join us for an end of year gathering held at Farm Fresh RI’s Harvest Kitchen’s new space! This is an opportunity to come together, celebrate the work done this past year, and look ahead to 2017. We will thank the Council members who have concluded their terms, and announce the new members who will serve starting in 2017. You’ll have a chance to savor light fare from Harvest Kitchen, connect with old friends, network with new. See you there!

May 4, 2016, RIFPC and Providence Public Library cohost a panel event, Feeding the Future: climate change, food, and health.

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Join RIFPC in partnership with Providence Public Library for an evening of illuminating conversation around topics in food, climate, and health. Refreshments provided.

The World Health Organization notes, “Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter.” This panel will explore narratives at the intersection of climate change, food systems, and health. Dive into these large topics to learn how climate change affects both food production and health outcomes, and what the food and health systems can do to prevent the negative effects of climate change.

Panelists include:

Christopher Brown, President, Rhode Island Commercial Fishermen’s Association

Fred Presley, Town Manager of West Warwick

Betsy Stubblefield Loucks, Green and Healthy Home Initiative

John Stoddard, New England Program Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm

Rhode Island Ag Day at the State House, Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Governor Raimondo confirmed to speak

On Ag Day local farmers, food businesses, and community groups provide food samples and information about their work to the public. Displays will be set up around the State House Rotunda from 11:30am-5pm.

The afternoon speaking event will begin at 2pm, and will include announcements of the 2016 LASA Grant Awards.

Meet your local farmer while experiencing the delicious foods and flavors Rhode Island has to offer.

March 23, 2016, RIFPC’s Leo Pollock will speak on behalf of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council as part of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Community Conversations series. This year, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of their founding. This conversation series focuses on the capacity, generosity, and innovation of the Foundation’s partners and how they help build our community.

Innovative and Proven Programs
March 23, 2016, 5:30 p.m., New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich Campus

Laura Adams, RI Quality Institute 
Cathy Doyle, Year Up Providence 
Meg O’Leary, The Learning Community
Leo Pollock, RI Food Policy Council 
Daniel Schleifer, New Urban Arts
Loren Spears, Tomaquag Museum

This cross-sector event will provide an inside look into innovative and proven programs that the Foundation has invested in. Our goal is to share information about exciting efforts happening in Rhode Island, showcase the work of individual grantees, and facilitate cross-sector thinking and dialogue between and among our partners.

Seating is limited, please register to attend.


SOLD OUT: Stories from the Field – a dinner and storytelling event, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm,

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Join us for an evening of good food and good company, and to hear from members of RI’s incredible farmer community as they regale us with tales of how they found themselves in their chosen life work, and moments where they looked around themselves and asked “How did I get here?!”

More details to be updated as they are finalized. Confirmed speakers include:

Don Minto

Kohei Ishihara

Laura Brown-Lavoie

This is a free event, however we will accept donations at the door.

RIFPC 2015 End of Year Gathering, Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm

Please join us for a networking and social event with good food and good company at Social Enterprise Greenhouse

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Please join us for our last event of 2015. We will announce our new Council members for 2016, recognize outgoing members, and also take a moment to recap the year and look forward to 2016, leaving time for socializing and networking while enjoying delicious fare.


Food Sol Community Table: A “Local” Food System Discussion with the RIFPC, Tuesday, October 20:

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Join the RIFPC at Social Enterprise Greenhouse Hub to talk food, food systems, and food-system innovation. We will unveil our 2015 Food System Fact Sheets (one for every city and town in RI!), and share some of the interesting things we learned along the way. This is an opportunity to ask questions about the food system in your city or town and provide feedback for the next round of Fact Sheets!

Come when you can and bring your lunch or snack. Free and open to all!

Food as Medicine, October 23, 2015:

FREE event, dinner included, register here.

We have all heard the adage “you are what you eat” but few of us internalize what that really means. Food is intertwined with our physical, mental, and emotional health. From the doctor’s office to the hospital cafeteria and community public health initiatives, we all have a stake in understanding the connections between food and health. It’s time we start talking about it. Join us for an illuminating evening with experts from across the field as we discuss the links between food and health, and why it matters.

Confirmed panelists:
Dr. Paul George – Director, Primary Care Population Medicine Program, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Gemma Gorham – Public Health Nutritionist, Project Director for two $2.5 million NIH-funded research grants at Brown University’s Institute for Community Health Promotion

Dave Lieberman –  Food Network chef and cookbook author, fourth year medical student at Warren Alpert Medical School

John Stoddard – New England Regional Project Coordinator, Healthy Food In Health Care Program, Health Care Without Harm

Doug Stuchel – Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales University, Council Member – Rhode Island Food Policy Council

Food Day Festival, October 24, 2015:

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The second RI Food Day Festival is taking place at the Alex and Ani City Center on October 24, 2015 from 1-4pm. The event is sponsored by Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Main Street Resources, and Brown University. The festival will be a celebration of the thriving food scene of RI, bringing together different food organizations, farms, businesses, restaurants, healthcare organizations, and universities within our state. The major goals of the festival are to promote local, healthy food and make nutrition and hunger relief resources available to the public.