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Whole Foods program to improve access to healthy, farm to fork food

Roots of Change, which works to create resilient farms and healthy food for all Californians, will be the beneficiary of Whole Foods Market’s upcoming 5% Day on Thursday, Oct. 18 at all California stores.wholefoods

Roots of Change leads innovative projects and campaigns involving community leaders, chefs, farmers and policy makers across the state of California. ROC created the Market Match Nutrition Incentive Program, making fresh produce affordable for low income families, and led the policy campaign that made California a source of nutrition incentive funding. The anticipated funds contributed to Roots of Change through Whole Foods Market’s 5% Day will support its Healthy California Campaign that improves healthy food access and the economic opportunities for small-scale organic producers using policy change and consumer education.

Whole Foods Market launched its quarterly Community Giving Day Program in 1993, during which 5 percent of the day’s net sales are donated to support local nonprofit and community-based organizations that align with the brand’s core values.

“Whole Foods Market is deeply committed to helping provide access to healthy foods in all communities that we serve,” said Susan Livingston, global director of community engagement and events marketing at Whole Foods Market. “Roots of Change builds powerful collaborations with policy makers, producers, community leaders and neighbors to develop policies and programs that improve access for all Californians. The organization’s impact is tremendous, and together we’ll explore opportunities to expand or replicate the model in the future.”

“Our partnership with Whole Foods Market will help lend a powerful megaphone to the good food movement,” said Michael R. Dimock, the president of Roots of Change. “Together we can champion new voices that will help bring healthy food from every farm to every fork.”