The Nutrition Policy Institute is evaluating a new model of distribution of fresh produce by a school district that benefits both farmers and the local community. The Food Hub, pioneered by the Riverside, California Unified School District , provides a model that can expand markets for specialty crops into areas that lack the resources and volume to make fresh produce part of their menus or sales, and that the growers previously have not been able to penetrate. Small school districts, corner stores, childcare homes and centers, small restaurants and WIC stores can all benefit from the increased access to fresh produce through the RUSD Food Hub. In addition, these outlets provide a place to sell small and cosmetically imperfect produce, thereby reducing food waste while also developing a new revenue stream for local farmers. If the RUSD Food Hub is successful, the model could be adopted by other large school districts, each of which can develop new markets for specialty crop growers while improving nutrition for needy communities.
RPWG is comprised of members drawn from the EUA Board and nominations received from National Rectors’ Conferences. The RPWG members hold leadership responsibilities for research and innovation activities in their respective universities combined with substantial knowledge and experience of European research funding instruments and policy developments. Since 2009, the RPWG has been chaired by Professor David Drewry, EUA Vice-President. It is composed of is composed of 21 members representing their national rectors’ conferences. RPWG meetings take place three times a year (see below list of meetings).
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