Rhode Island Food Policy Council Call for Nominations of Council Members

by David Dadekian

Rhode Island Food Policy CouncilThe Rhode Island Food Policy Council seeks candidates interested in food systems change to serve as members of the Council.

To nominate yourself or another candidate for the RIFPC, please go to: https://rifoodcouncil.wufoo.com/forms/w1vcfy3o1xye6k8/

We welcome nominations of candidates who work in any part of the food system (production & harvesting, processing, distribution, consumption, resource recovery) who can also successfully look beyond their own areas of expertise and work collectively with partners across the food system toward the goal of greater community food security in RI.

While all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, we are especially interested in candidates with expertise in any of the following areas: 1) Agriculture, 2) Fisheries, 3) General food systems design, 4) Food entrepreneurship

The responsibilities of Council members are to:

  1. Create new and innovative ideas and plans for the Rhode Island food system;
  2. Monitor and promote the Rhode Island food system across multiple sectors (production, distribution, access, public health, and resource recycling).
  3. Help to maintain the direction, purposes and goals, functions, and responsibilities of the RIFPC through mandatory participation in RIFPC Committees and/or RIFPC Work Groups;
  4. Attend all RIFPC Organizational Meetings (mandatory, 6x year) and RIFPC events (voluntary, as schedule permits)

Additionally, please note the RIFPC will be playing a key support role in development of RI’s first State Food Plan in 2016-2017, so candidates interested in strategic plan development and implementation are also encouraged to apply.

New Council members will be elected at the Council meeting in November 2016 and confirmed in time for the annual meeting in December 2016. Council members are appointed for a two-year term and may renew membership for an additional term, choosing to extend this second term for one or two years. The membership selection process strives to achieve racial, socioeconomic, ethnic, and geographic diversity.

Completed Nomination Forms must be received by October 1, 2016

The Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) was established in 2011. The RIFPC’s work is coordinated by a statewide collaboration of diverse, committed and engaged stakeholders from all sectors of the food system. The purpose of the RIFPC is to create partnerships, develop policies, and advocate for improvements to the local food system that increase and expand its capacity, viability and sustainability.

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