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Program

Roots of Change

Roots of Change (ROC) is a think tank-and-do tank working to ensure emergence of a sustainable food system in California. ROC provides road maps to food movement power and policy victories. ROC has a clear change strategy, an extensive statewide network of change agents and a track record of spawning and leading projects that are transformative because they unify actors to push for progress using multiple intervention points simultaneously. ROC is focused primarily on California because it is a bellwether that can positively influence the nation. 

Program Director(s)

Michael Dimock

Program Site

rootsofchange.org

Projects

Food Movement Power in California as a Catalyst for Food Movement Success Nationally

To continue accelerating policy change momentum in California and model an approach to food movement victory for the nation, Roots of Change will catalyze, coordinate and support action by the networks of allies it has cultivated over ten years, with the emphasis on advising and coordinating.


Here's How We're Making a Difference

PHI's Roots of Change Launches California Market Match Consortium

PHI's Roots of Change (ROC) conceived the California Market Match Consortium (CMMC) to increase access to fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables for underserved communities that suffer disproportionately from nutrition-related diseases using food assistance programs. 

In 2009, the California Department of Food and Agriculture awarded ROC $500,000 to launch the CMMC. In the four years of the pilot phase, the consortium catalyzed 150 farmers markets in 16 counties to increase the consumption of fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables by 37,000 low-income families, while building sales for nearly 900 fruit, nut and vegetables farmers. The program now lives on through ROC partner, the Ecology Center.

Sponsoring Statewide Legislation to Improve Food Access for Low-Income Californians

Photo credit: Rob Bertholf/Flickr

In 2015 PHI and our program Roots of Change co-sponsored and helped pass into law AB 1321, a California bill establishing a statewide nutrition incentive program that aims to increase access to healthful foods and stimulate local economies by securing matching funds that double the purchasing power of consumers using food stamps when purchasing California fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables.