Photo of children participating in the Farm to School program

NUTRITION EDUCATION

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is strongly committed to providing information on local farms, agriculture, and nutrition to a broad range of community members across the state — in schools, libraries, daycares, senior centers and senior housing. Our programs are hands-on, interactive, and work to provide participants with the information needed to make smart choices about food. Programs also seek to share cultural traditions around food and celebrate the diverse culinary heritage of Rhode Island.

RI FARM TO SCHOOL

As proud members of the National Farm to School Network, our RI Farm to School programming enriches the connection communities have with fresh, nutritious food as well as with local farmers and producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early-care education settings.

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FARM TO SENIOR
Offered at RI senior centers and residences, our Farm to Senior programming pairs local food cooking and sampling with nutrition and food-system education. Seniors gain greater awareness about what’s grown locally and helpful information about how to access and afford fresh, local foods. Learn more about Senior Farmers Market Coupons, distributed by RI DEM.

HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY FAMILIES

We offer multicultural nutrition education programs at participating summer farmers markets for families with children receiving federal food assistance. The curriculum combines practical hands-on activities with bonuses for attendance — empowering families on a tight budget to shop for and prepare nutritious meals using fresh ingredients.

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HARVEST OF THE MONTH

Harvest of the Month is a local food promotion campaign that promotes a different RI-grown food each month in school cafeterias and meal sites across the state. The goal of the program is to expose eaters to seasonal foods and encourage healthy choices, while also building excitement about school meals and supporting local farms.

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436

Low-income families who participated in Healthy Foods, Healthy Families in 2016

90%

Rhode Island school districts surveyed who participate in farm to school activities

86%

Rhode Island school districts surveyed that plan to increase local food purchases


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Check Out Nutrition Education

Get a glimpse at some of our Nutrition Education programs that help cafeterias serve more fresh, local foods while offering hands-on learning opportunities for students and seniors.