An environment that promotes and measures success for the Riverside Food Policy Action Plan is essential. Strategies include outcome-oriented regulatory approaches, diverse engagement, and metrics for community improvement. Evidence informs policy making, to achieve more sustainable and resilient methods of food production.
RELIABLE AND CONSISTENT FUNDING. We encourage stakeholders to join together and fund the work that will implement our Riverside Food Policy Action Plan.
- Kaiser Permanente grant funding;
- Local Guide fundraising;
- Invest Health grant training; and
- Nonprofit Board development.
OUTCOME-ORIENTED WIN-WIN REGULATORY APPROACHES. We identify regulations that present significant barriers to sustaining food production, shifting from opposition to promotion; that is, promoting what we want, not just opposing what we don’t want.
FULLY ENGAGED POLICY MAKERS. We facilitate collaboration between policy makers and stakeholders to drive the effectiveness of food policy initiatives. Actions:
- Strong partnerships among city and stakeholders;
- More than $250K in in-kind and volunteer efforts;
- More partners established for a beginning farmer training, apprenticeship and incubation program.
COOPERATIVE FRAMEWORKS. We partner for a regional strategy: California Food Policy Council, County Nutrition Action Plan, Southern California Healthy Food Alliance, University of California Cooperative Extension, California Alliance for Family Farms, Farm Bureau, Agriculture Commissioner, Riverside Conservation Authority, HEAL Zone, Riverside/Corona Resource Conservation District, Kaiser-Permanente, the Riverside Land Conservancy, colleges and universities, and any other relevant agencies and organizations.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY. We engage diverse partners, strategically at traditional cultural institutions and other places where people live and gather.
METRICS TO MEASURE IMPROVEMENTS. We convene a forum to identify goals over time for each of the indicators.