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Food Industry Initiative

Supporting Local Food

Rhode Island is a “foodie” state, leading the nation in the ‘farm-to-table’ movement. Despite our large number of farms, premier culinary institution, and organizational momentum behind local food, many Rhode Islanders still suffer when it comes to accessing healthy, nutritious meals. In fact, RI has the highest level of food insecurity in New England and only 1% of diets come from local produce.

Our Impact

With the introduction of our Food Accelerator, we aim to help New England regional food-focused social enterprises address this problem! Thanks to funding from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, SEG hopes to collaborate with other organizations working in the food space to support ventures that prioritize our local food and economy.

Program Involvement

Food Accelerator

Our goal is to provide much needed business acumen training to do well, do good food businesses. Any type of food related social enterprise is welcome to apply.

Community Table

Our goal is to bring the community together at our monthly, informal discussion about food and food systems. Each month we host an informal, moderated discussion and highlight a local business, organization, or individual that is making an impact in the food community.

Program Highlights

We have provided business acumen training to 12 food businesses in our first industry-specific Accelerator. Please read about the participating ventures here.

Testimonial

“The SEG Accelerator program has helped me better understand what it takes to run a sustainable social enterprise and a successful food truck.” – Julius Searight, Food4Good

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