Current RIFDA Projects and Initiatives

  • Commission Member of the RI House Food Recovery Commission which focuses on eliminating food waste, (including reducing organic waste at the state landfill) while increasing food donations to the RI Community Food Bank and its affiliated agencies.
  • Steering Committee Member of the Governor’s Task Force on Hunger Elimination
  • Newly appointed member to the RI Alliance (RI Alliance for Business 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.
  • Works with the 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 on the newly revised and adapted food safety regulations and guidelines.
  • Works with The Center for EcoTechnology which helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. They make green make sense.
  • Partners with Hope & Main, a 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. Food on the Move was created to address the major barriers to eating more fruits and vegetables that were identified through a needs assessment in Rhode Island.
  • Establishes potential programs with the URI Center for A Hunger Free America in conjunction with the RI Food Council and the Fair Food Network which works together with RI stakeholders to make a difference for SNAP customers – while 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.
  • Partners with RI Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Office of Senator Jack Reed in establishing discussion topics for the growing RI economy to be used at the Senator Reed Business Leaders Day in Washington DC
  • Collaborates with Manomet (a 45-year-old non-profit grounded in science-seeking) to obtain 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, increased recycling, and minimized food waste in grocery stores.