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Rhode Island's First Food System Summit Kicks Off Next Week

PROVIDENCE As part of continued efforts to grow Rhode Island's local food economy and support Rhode Island families, First Gentleman Andy Moffit together with Congressman Jim Langevin, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council will convene government, business, and community leaders next week for Rhode Island's first Food System Summit.

As part of the event, leaders will preview an early draft of the Rhode Island Food Strategy and discuss the role of local agriculture, fisheries, and food enterprise in supporting Rhode Islanders and moving the state forward. Breakout sessions will tackle critical issues affecting the development of a sustainable, equitable food system in Rhode Island including mapping funding and training opportunities for farm and food businesses, navigating regulatory burdens for new ventures, and addressing food insecurity across the state.

WHERE: University of Rhode Island Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Kingston, Rhode Island

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Reception to follow.

WHO: First Gentleman Andy Moffit Congressman Jim Langevin Dr. David Dooley, President, University of Rhode Island Janet Coit, Director, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director, Rhode Island Department of Health Dan Levinson, Founder, Main Street Resources Sue AnderBois, Rhode Island Director of Food Strategy

**Press availability during the Opening Session, 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Press are invited to join break-out sessions throughout the day. Session details are attached.

The Rhode Island Food System Summit is sponsored by the State in partnership with the Rhode Island Food Policy Council and Main Street Resources. Follow the conversation in social media using #RITalksFood.


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  • Release date: 01-13-2017

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