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 RI Food Strategy (RI Commerce).

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.

RI Food Strategy (RI Commerce) and the RI Food Policy Council represent Rhode Island in this regional effort.



Are you a food buyer or seller for an organization or business based in New England (this includes those working in Assisted Living, Correctional Facilities, Healthcare, K-12 schools, Colleges/Universities, Distributors/Wholesales, Early Education Centers, Restaurants, Hospitality/Lodging, Grocers/Retailers, Farms (Direct Delivery only), Food Banks/Pantries)?

We invite you to complete a brief survey as part of the Local Food Counts Project by March 15th, 2024. The survey is managed by the New England Food System Planners Partnership in collaboration with Main Food Strategy, NH Food Alliance, Connecticut Food System Alliance, MA Food System Collaborative, Rhode Island Food Policy Council.

With your help, we will be able to increase the demand for local and regional food through local and regional sourcing across al size states. Be part of the 30% by 2030 goal, and join a network of industry leaders committed to getting more local and regional food to our place!