The Interagency Food and Nutrition Policy Advisory Council (IFNPAC) was created to find ways to overcome regulatory and policy barriers toward developing a strong, sustainable food economy and healthful nutrition practices. Since the publication of the 2017 State Food Strategy Relish Rhody, IFNPAC has served as a coordinating agency to drive outcomes toward the Food Strategy in partnership with the Director of Food Strategy, staffed at Rhode Island Commerce. Supporting the growth of the local food sector through meaningful regulatory and policy initiatives is critical to increasing the number of jobs, growing the local economy, and ensuring positive health outcomes.

Under Rhode Island General Laws 21-36-3, IFNPAC membership is made up of the Directors, or their designee, from the following organizations:

  • Department of Health (RIDOH)
  • Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
  • Department of Administration (DOA)
  • Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Office of Healthy Aging (OHA)
  • Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
  • Department of Corrections (DOC)

Administrators and directors from other State agencies and community-based organizations often participate, including representation from the leadership of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC), the Rhode Island Community Food Bank (RICFB), Farm Fresh Rhode Island (FFRI) and many others.

All meetings are open to the public.

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IFNPAC Reports, Minutes & Presentations