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Engage. Invest. Transform.

Building local wealth by sourcing from sustainable farmers, creating affordable food access points, incubating community businesses, and increasing capital for BIPOC entrepreneurs.

Order fresh produce for delivery or pick-up in your neighborhood sourced from our network of BIPOC farmers 

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Eat local at our community kitchen and food business incubator in unincorporated Alameda County, Ashland

Learn how we're creating pathways to good food jobs


From nutrition and wellness to recipes and cooking demos, our wellness program will help you improve your health.

Food entrepreneurs should check out our Food Business Pathways Program to obtain tools, resources and coaching for growing their business.

Shop for healthy foods in your community at our partnering stores.


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July 11, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM 

Maldoni’s is a soul food pop-up created with love and comfort by Alicia Waters, a 2023 Food Business Pathways graduate. Try her amazing po'boys at E14th Eatery + Kitchen.

July 12, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

Get ready for our exciting Summer Harvest Series in West Oakland, taking place on three Fridays this summer.  🌈🍋 Join us on July 12th from 12 pm to 3 pm at the West Oakland library for a fun community event with activities for all ages, local music, giveaways, and delicious seasonal produce.🤗🍒

June 2024

Culinary Employment Pathways is recruiting local food businesses interested in hosting interns for June 2024. If you're interested, please fill out our form.

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Pounds of sustainably grown local produce distributed


In loan funds distributed to food retailers, local farmers, and distributors


Generated in local economic returns


Jobs were secured in the food sector for individuals with barriers to employment 


In additional revenue created benefiting local sustainable farmers


Community food businesses were launched and expanded 

Mandela Partners is a hub for food, community, and local business.

Mandela Partners was established in West Oakland, California to fill a gap that was created through deeply rooted inequities.

Learn how we're supporting healthier environments through neighborhood-led initiatives by experiencing the stories of residents in this video.

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