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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.

We have provided business acumen training to 18 food businesses in our two food Accelerators.

Click here to view the 2017 Food Accelerator cohort.

Click here to view the 2016 Food Accelerator cohort. 

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.

Testimonial

“Social Enterprise Greenhouse paired me with fantastic coaches who led me to refine the company’s goals, streamline the processing operations, and evaluate the best markets for our products.Learning from other food businesses in the cohort provided me with the skills to scale the business quickly.” – Erika Lamb, SecondsFirst

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