Notes from the Field


Good Food Policy Day 2024 Recap

On March 28th, the Rhode Island Food Policy Council held its first-ever Good Food Policy Day at the State House! More than 100 network members from across the state gathered in the Bell Room to raise awareness about how state policy can support a just and resilient food system in Rhode Island and to celebrate the fact that all five of RIFPC’s 2024 legislative priorities are supported by active legislation.

More than a dozen legislators participated, showing their commitment to policy that advances an equitable, accessible, economically vibrant, and environmentally sustainable food system. Attendees heard from many sponsors of the active legislation that support RIFPC’s 2024 legislative priorities: Rep. Justine Caldwell focused on the importance of providing access to free breakfast and lunch for all students in public schools, Sen. Louis DiPalma, Sen. Tiara Mack and Rep. Michelle McGaw spoke on critical issues related to farmland access and supporting small and urban farmers, and Sens. Bridget Valverde and Terry Cortvriend raised important points on boosting support for local composting and incentivizing surplus food donation.

The event was empowering and uplifting, fostered a sense of unity and purpose among participants, and sparked meaningful conversations about the importance of our local food system to Rhode Island’s people, places, and prosperity. Plans are underway to build on the momentum and continue advocating for policies that create a more just, equitable, and sustainable food system for all Rhode Islanders.

Reps. Cotter and Cortvriend put it best: “We can not wait another two years!” “We need good policy now!”

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