Food security for state discussion planned at URI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –November 10, 2004 — The public is invited to attend a discussion on a food security policy for Rhode Island. Currently, it is estimated that 10 percent of the state’s residents, or 100,000 people, struggle with insufficient resources to feed themselves and their families.

The discussion, part of the University of Rhode Island’s semester-long Honors Colloquium series, “Food & Human Rights, Hunger & Social Policy,” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Paff Auditorium of URI’s Feinstein Providence Campus. The campus is located at 80 Washington St.

A panel, introduced by Joel Rawson, senior vice president and executive editor of The Providence Journal and moderated by journal political columnist, M. Charles Bakst, will discuss possible solutions and opportunities for hunger abatement.

Panelists will be Lisa Churchville, president of the Providence Chamber of Commerce; Bernie Beaudreau, executive director of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank; and Linda Katz, policy director of The Poverty Institute at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work.

Major sponsors of the colloquium are Edward W. Bouclin; The Providence Journal; Theta Chi Fraternity; URI’s College of Arts & Sciences, College of Human Science & Services, College of Business Administration, College of Environmental Life Sciences, Division of University Advancement; Honors Program, Office of the Provost, and President’s Office. Co-sponsors include URI’s College of Nursing, Multicultural Center, Office of Student Affairs, Partnership on Food, Hunger, and Nutrition, Women’s Center, and Women’s Studies Program.

For the most current colloquium information, visit or call the URI Honors Center at 401- 874- 2381.