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1 FARM FRESH RHODE ISLAND Local Food and Fun on the menu at Rhode Island Senior Centers Mikayla Anthes, Food & Nutrition Education Manager Kimberly Clark, Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator

2 Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a 501c3 not-for-profit founded in 2004. Mission: To grow a local food system that values the environment, health, and quality of life of farmers and eaters FARM FRESH RHODE ISLAND

3 HEALTHY HUB MODEL Community Access Programs  Farmers Markets  Fresh Bucks / Bonus Bucks  Nutrition Education  Culinary Education  Farm to School Food System Enterprises  Wholesale Distribution  Multi-Farm CSA program  Value-Added Production

4 A six-week series that aims to increase food access for Rhode Island’s elderly population HEALTHY SERVINGS FOR SENIORS Education + Tastings + Financial Incentives Participants engage in interactive lessons and tastings Cooking demos provide insight into recipes, food safety, and food preparation Seniors who attend 4 out of 6 sessions get $15 to buy local fruits and vegetables Strategy for success:

5  Week 1: Introduction to MyPlate, Senior Farmers Market Coupons  Week 2: Amounts: How much is needed?; "Where does my food come from?  Week 3: Veggie Variety; "What’s Growin’ On?”  Week 4: Food Safety and Food Culture  Week 5: Farmer Visit and Mini-Market  Week 6: Fruit & Vegetable Bingo HEALTHY SERVINGS FOR SENIORS A Curriculum for Eating Fresh


7 FARM TO SENIOR INCREASING AWARENESS TO BUILD DEMAND “Farm to Senior” activities leverage enthusiasm for local food among Healthy Servings for Seniors participants and build demand among all center attendees for local foods in the meals

8 FARM TO SENIOR DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS …working well with community partners UNDERSTANDING THE LAY OF THE LAND …learning the structure and processes of congregate meal sites and how & when local foods might fit in COORDINATING & COMMUNICATING …follow up with farmers, produce distributors, purchasers and senior center administration as well as local newspapers PROMOTING LOCAL FOOD TO SENIOR MEAL CATERERS

9 FARM TO SENIOR AgencySenior Services, Inc. Nutrition Program Blackstone Health Nutrition ProgramMeals on Wheels Congregate Nutrition Program East Bay Nutrition ProgramWestbay Nutrition Program CatererSelf-catersCranston Senior ServicesLindleyCranston Senior ServicesLindley ContactsBarbara Waterman, Executive Director, (401) 766-3734 Paul Laduc, Chef/Caterer Alyssa Joyce, Director of Nutrition, 401) 728-929 Sue Leal, 401-365-1101 Ray Sinapi (chef), 401-640-1799 Heather Amaral, Executive Director, (401) 351-6700 Sue Lewis, Program Director, (401) 437- 1000 Paul Salera, Director of Elder services, (401) 732-4660 DistributorsWojcik Farm/DistributorRoch’s, Roberts Pre-cutNassif, PFGRoch’s, Roberts Pre-cutNassif, PFG SitesWoonsocket Woonsocket Senior Center Parkview Manor Kennedy Manor Crepeau Court (2015) Cumberland Chimney Hill Apartments Cumberland Senior Center Cumberland Manor Lincoln Lincoln Senior Center Smithfield Smithfield Senior Center Glocester Glocester Senior Center Pascoag Bradford North Smithfield The Meadows St Germain – Self-catered. (2014) North Kingstown Beechwood House Coventry Coventry Senior Center Cranston Cranston Senior Services Temple David Providence DaVinci Senior Center Elmwood Community Center (2014) Lillian Feinstein Senior Center Jewish Community Center Central Falls Forand Manor Progresso Latino Wilfrid Manor Johnston Johnston Senior Center Pawtucket Leon Mathieu Senior Center North Providence Steve Piccillo Center Salvatore Mancini Senior Center Scituate Scituate Senior Center Providence Carrol Towers (2015) Federal Hill House (2014) Fox Point Senior Center St. Elizabeth’s Place Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians (SEDC) St. Martin de Porres Center Narragansett Indian Tribe – Community Center Self Catered (2015) East Providence East Providence Senior Center Goldsmith Manor Harbor View Manor Barrington Barrington Senior Center Warren Warren Senior Center Bristol Bristol Senior Center Portsmouth Portsmouth Senior Center Middletown Middletown Senior Center Tiverton Tiverton Senior Center Newport Donovan Manor South Kingstown Larry Tetreault Center Charlestown Charlestown Senior Center Westerly Westerly Senior Center Parkview Manor West Warwick West Warwick Senior Center Jamestown Jamestown Senior Center East Greenwich St. Luke’s Church Warwick Shalom Housing (noon and evening) Sparrow I Housing (noon and evening) Sparrow III Housing (noon and evening) Harding Brook housing (evening only) Pilgrim Senior Center (noon and evening) (2014) **Cranston Senior Services catering through Blackstone Health


11 After cars, the food system uses more fossil fuels than any other sector of the economy  True or False Carrots and parsnips can spend the entire winter in the ground and be eaten the next spring  True or False TRIVIA TIME! ? Trivia Questions

12 In 2009, due to demand by school food purchasers, Schartner Farms in Exeter, RI increased production of this crop by 60,000 pounds. When schools did not purchase the entire crop, the farmer listed it for the first time on “Market Mobile”, a local food distribution catalog. Market Mobile customers immediately bought all of it. The vegetable has since become so popular that production has increased steadily each year. This vegetable is now listed year round on Market Mobile, and available through three other produce vendors used by RI schools, hospitals, universities and senior centers. What is the vegetable? TRIVIA TIME! Trivia Question


14 Farm Fresh Rhode Island 1005 Main St #1220 Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-312-4250 QUESTIONS / CONTACT INFO

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