H.S. Students to Study Farm-to-Fork Food Service at Chez Innovation

At Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls, the food is running out.

More precisely, their food service contract with Aramark expired at the end of June, and a non-renewable stop-gap contract with Chartwells will get them through one more year.  After that, they’re on their own.  That’s where the kids come in.

A team of students is setting out to study food systems in Rhode Island and design a food service for Segue that employs farm-to-fork logistics, emphasizes food sovereignty, and empowers students and families to make meaningful change in their community.  It’s all part of Chez Innovation, a camp run by Moses Brown School and Roosevelt International Academy that brings together diverse Rhode Island teens to learn about entrepreneurship and the food industry.

In this week-long overnight program, the students will learn about a broad range of food providers, processors, and distributors, and design a web of partnerships that will supply Segue with an all-Rhody food service.

Now in its fourth year, Chez Innovation invites Rhode Island high school students to apply by essay, and all accepted students attend free of charge, thanks to generous support by Davide Dukcevich of Daniele Foods and Diane and Jim Lynch.

At the end of the week, the students will unveil their design in a pitch session before Sue AnderBois, State Director of Food Strategy; Vanessa Garcia Polanco, Outreach and Communications Chair at Rhode Island Food Policy Council; and Angelo Garcia, Executive Director of Segue Institute for Learning.

Highlights include:

Sunday 7/15:   Hope & Main – Segue Institute for Learning

Monday 7/16: Baffoni Poultry

Tuesday 7/17: Acopia Hillandale Farm

Wed. 7/18:      FarmFreshRI – Harvest Kitchen – Sankofa World Market

Thursday 7/19: South Side Community Land Trust – Amos House

Friday 7/20:    Tallulah’s Taqueria – RI Mushroom Company – Pilotworks

Saturday 7/21: Students pitch their solution for a farm-to-fork food service for Segue Institute for Learning (11am at Moses Brown, Woodman Center)

For more information go to www.chezinnovation.org