The Local Food Count is a New England-wide initiative that grew out of the collaborative work of the New England Feeding New England (NEFNE) Project of the New England Food System Planners Partnership, where Rhode Island is represented by the RI Food Policy Council and Relish Rhody.

The goal is for each state in New England to utilize a standard and proven methodology of data collection and analysis to account for the amount of local food purchased and sold in one calendar year. The Local Food Count data would be used by each state to inform food systems and economic development work - and from a high level, each state’s data can be contrasted and collated to showcase successes and opportunity areas to grow food production and sales New England-wide.

Relish Rhody and the RI Food Policy Council are seeking to represent Rhode Island in this regional effort.