Current RIFDA Projects and Initiatives

  • Appointed Committee Member of the Governor’s Task Force on Hunger Elimination (Governor Raimondo’s Relish Rhody Food Strategy commits to reducing food insecurity levels to below 10% in 2020, from 12.8% in 2017)
    • Member of the Steering Committee
    • Member of the Subcommittee focused on Increasing SNAP usage in Grocery Stores (Working in conjunction with RI Department of Health Food Access Group and “Food on the Move” program coordinators)
  • Collaborates with Manomet (A 45-year-old nonprofit grounded in science)
    • Seeking to obtain a grant enabling for RI to participate in a program (“Grocery Slam Competition”) that provides online and small group training focused on training that reduces the use of toxic chemicals, increase recycling, and minimize food waste in grocery stores.
    • Coordinating with Manomet to offer Grocery Stewardship Certification program for retailers
  • Active member of the RI Alliance (RI Alliance for Business
    • Member of Critical Infrastructure Committee
  • Resistance) – The Rhode Island Alliance for Business Resilience (the Alliance) is a self-governed public-private partnership focused on improving the resilience of Rhode Island businesses and local communities.
  • Board member of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council (The Rhode Island Food Policy Council’s work is coordinated by a statewide collaboration of diverse, committed and engaged stakeholders from all sectors of the food system. The Council creates partnerships, develops policies and advocates for improvements to the local food system to increase and expand its capacity, viability and sustainability)
  • Working with Coastal Resource Center and the University of RI School of Oceanography on special initiative to help small businesses in RI to become resilient to potential catastrophes through preparedness, planning, and recovery programs.
  • Commission Member of the RI House Food Recovery Commission which focuses on eliminating food waste, while increasing food donations to the RI Community Food Bank and its affiliated agencies.
  • Works with RI Commerce Corporation on business development incentives via tax credits and special financing programs
  • Provides necessary communication in conjunction with the RI Department of Health Food Safety Inspection Service to our members.
  • Works with The Center for EcoTechnology which helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste.
  • Partners with Hope & Main, an RIFDA Member, to provide opportunities for small entrepreneurial companies to gain a foothold in the RI food industry
  • Collaborates with Rhode Island’s “Food on the Move” initiative to increase the availability and consumption of more fruits and vegetables to RI consumers. Food on the Move grew out of the Fresh to You Market, a program found to be effective in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption for Rhode Islanders
  • Establish potential programs with URI Center for A Hunger Free America in conjunction with RI Food Council, and the Fair Food Network which works together with RI stakeholders to make a difference for SNAP customers – and developing the potential for RI grocery stores to become part of this opportunity.
  • Supports the Buy Local RI enterprise (by the RI Foundation) which supports small RI businesses to create local jobs to help sustain the local economy.
  • Working with the RI Tax Administration Office in effort to improve communication between the state government and our members and provide a forum for clarification and resolution of sales tax applications
  • Partners with RI Society of Certified Public Accounts and the Office of Senator Jack Reed in establishing discussion topics for growing the RI economy to be used at the Sen. Jack Reed Business Leaders Day in Washington