Foodwhat Incorporated

Youth Empowerment. Food Justice.

SANTA CRUZ, CA   |  www.foodwhat.org

Mission

“Food, What?!” is a youth empowerment and food justice organization. At FoodWhat, youth engage in relationships with land, food and each other in ways that are grounded in love and justice. We provide meaningful space where youth define and cultivate their empowerment, liberation and wellbeing.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Doron Comerchero

Main address

FOODWHAT 1156 HIGH STREET

SANTA CRUZ, CA 95064 USA

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EIN

81-2590280

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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Spring Intership

The Spring Internship is the first step in our graduated
leadership model. For 11 weeks, youth spent one hour with their hands in the soil, one hour in empowerment workshops and one hour cooking and eating together. Three Youth Event Planners joined the team to put on a large countywide event for youth. Upon completion, each teen earned a $175 stipend, 2 school credits and the opportunity to apply for FoodWhat’s summer program.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

During the Summer Job Training Program, youth build on the foundation of the Spring and dive deep into a spread of opportunities to grow in big ways. Whether it’s on the farm, out in the community or across the country, FoodWhat youth are taking their empowerment and doing heart work with it. They are harvesting produce boxes to take home to their families, they are running affordable farm stands that bring food they grew to their community, they are maintaining school gardens and they are engaging in intensive workshops that are designed to support their path. After a summer of deep work, youth often share that this is when FoodWhat becomes like family to them.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

The Fall Project Management Program is the third step in our model. Fall is the time youth put the foundational skills of Spring and deep training of Summer to the test. Youth co-manage our two farm sites, ongoing weekly produce boxes, two affordable farm stands, school garden maintenance projects, one large countywide event and FoodWhat farm businesses like our catering, flower and pie operations.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

After completing one year of FoodWhat, youth apply for this second year position to lead the next generation of
youth and model the kind of growth they experienced. Junior Staff are one of the most profound ways FoodWhat programming stays relevant and accessible to youth. These young folks bring motivation, inspiration and understanding to this work.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Youth conduct peer-to-peer education in local high schools focused on health, wellbeing, social justice, food justice and youth empowerment.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

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Financials

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Foodwhat Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 09/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Monica Martinez

Encompass Community Services

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/20/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.