The Rhode Island Health Care Local Food Challenge

A friendly competition to support our farmers and fishers

Using a fun and competitive structure, the Rhode Island Health Care Local Foods Challenge is inspiring participating Rhode Island hospitals to support Rhode Island and New England food producers and fishers.  The Challenge is a competition for $1000 in prize money to the hospital deemed the Local Foods Champion. However, no one loses, as all participants will be acknowledged for their great work and the real winners are our communities

Participating hospitals include: Bradley Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Roger Williams Hospital, and South County Hospital. Email John Stoddard to Join the Challenge!

To win, participants will compete in a variety of activities that fall under the 3 main goals of the challenge:

  1. Procurement: Increase the purchases of local foods by the hospital.
  2. Education: Increase the knowledge and awareness of hospital staff and our communities about the value of purchasing local foods.
  3. Employee Engagement: Create programs and support activities that increase the access and purchase of local foods by hospital staff. 

Challenge Resources: 

  1. Rules and FAQ
  2. Scorecard - identify education opportunities and find out how to earn the most points towards becoming the Local Foods Champion!
  3. Reporting form - report monthly, quarterly, or on an on-going basis

What is local?  Local is identified using the Rhode Island Food Policy Council three tier definition: Tier 1 = Grown, Raised or Caught in Rhode Island; Tier 2 = Grown, Raised or Caught in New England; Tier 3 = Value-added product produced in Rhode Island from ingredients that may or may not be grown, raised, or caught in Rhode Island.  For example RI-produced tomato sauce, RI-roasted coffee, RI bakery products.  

Health Care Without Harm is here to help you succeed!

Technical assistance is available to participating hospitals from HCWH to assist in: 

  • addressing budgetary challenges that may arise when purchasing local foods.
  • connecting to suppliers of local foods.  
  • planning kitchen staff trainings to teach the practice and value of using healthy, seasonal, local ingredients.  
  • tracking local food purchases to benchmark and showcase progress.
  • promoting successes and educating the community.  

Project Partners

Health Care Without Harm, is managing the Challenge while utilizing the support of our partners, Farm Fresh Rhode Island and Northern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center.  

Supporting Partners

The Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI)
The Rhode Island Food Policy Council
Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island

For more information on the Rhode Island Health Care Local Food Challenge contact John Stoddard.