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Nourish California

Advocacy, Equity, Food For All

aka Nourish CA   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.nourishca.org

Mission

To collaborate with diverse community partners for policy change, ensuring equitable access to food, health, and well-being for all Californians.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

George Manalo-LeClair

Main address

1736 Franklin St. Suite 550

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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Formerly known as

California Food Policy Advocates

EIN

94-3163142

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (K05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (P05)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We working to create a healthy and hunger-free California.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food4All

According to a report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), between 690,000 to 840,000 Californians are income-eligible for CalFresh food assistance but are excluded due to their immigration status. Without meaningful policy change, chronic poverty and chronic hunger will continue in the wake of the pandemic, especially for immigrant communities. As we look beyond the responses to COVID-19, our Food4All campaign will help create a California where everyone has the food they need to thrive.

The Food4All campaign is advancing a proposal that provides state-funded food assistance to Californians, regardless of their immigration status. In partnership with the Food4All coalition and our co-sponsors, the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), we secured funding in the 2022-23 state budget to expand access to CalFresh for California immigrants 55 and older, regardless of their specific immigration status. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), this expansion will

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, California locks up “a higher percentage of its people than almost any democracy on earth.” Approximately one-quarter of a million are incarcerated in prisons and local jails. Another quarter-million are under criminal justice supervision. Research makes clear that access to public benefits, housing, healthcare, and other resources can support thriving transitions for individuals moving from incarceration back to their communities. But significant barriers prevent these supports from reaching many people. As a result, people exiting prison or jail are likely to experience food insecurity, homelessness, and economic hardship. By advancing policies that improve food access for the re-entry population, our Thriving Transitions campaign will help foster supportive environments for individuals and families who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Support our shared CalFresh vision of reducing poverty in California by improving the enrollment process and increasing the reach of the program particularly for those identified with the greatest obstacles to accessing the benefits program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Connecting young families to the nutrition resources they need

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Pregnant people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our new strategic plan, approved on August 9, 2022, articulates the following goals for Nourish California:

*Our policy solutions target the starkest inequities and are co-created with community partners, including those who have experienced the most adverse impacts of inequitable, oppressive systems.

*We cultivate a values-driven culture that is both grounded in staff health and well-being, and sustains accountability to our mission.

*External, individual-level support of Nourish California and our equity-focused policy advocacy campaigns is broadened and deepened as more Californians take advocacy actions or contribute (monetarily and/or strategically) to the sustainability of our campaigns.

*Our board is characterized by its inclusive model of decision-making; equitable opportunities for engagement; a sense of belonging; a diversity of backgrounds, skills, and knowledge; and a predominance of members with lived experiences of systemic inequities such as poverty and food insecurity.


Advance proposals for explicitly inclusive public policy that rectifies the historic and ongoing harm of structural oppression.

Institutionalize increased collaboration with diverse community partners.


The key activities to meet the goals and objectives in our new strategic plan (see below) are still being developed.

The programmatic activities developed from the strategic plan will likely fall into these categories, which build upon our past approaches:

Policy development
Coalition building and coordination
Policy analysis
Storytelling and amplification
Policy advocacy, including administrative advocacy
Research
Stakeholder engagement, including collaboration with individuals who have lived experience with hunger and poverty
Policymaker education
Communications, including social media, events, and online actions.


How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nourish California

Board of directors
as of 04/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Charlotte Bergheimer

UC Davis

Term: 2025 - 2023


Board co-chair

Myisha Hogan

Valerie Ruelas, MSW, LCWS

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Charlotte Bergheimer, MS

Children's Oncology Group

Baraka Floyd, MD

Stanford University

Raymond Perry, MD

Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center

Myisha Hogan

Digital Director, CA Department of Financial Protection and Innovation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/6/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/06/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.