about us

our mission

Mandela Partners, formerly Mandela MarketPlace, is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through local food enterprises in low-income communities.

our approach

Through community engagement, education, business cultivation, and financing, Mandela Partners supports and resources the development and growth of locally owned economies and sustainable food systems.


Our approach is based on a systems model that addresses issues of economic disinvestment, food apartheid, and health inequity, building on local assets to cultivate thriving communities. 

Access Points

at local retailers

Uplifting Community

through capacity building and partnership


of locally sourced produce

Supporting local farmers 

for resource generation and wealth

core values

Mandela Partner's core values establish the foundation of our organization's culture, guide how we interact with each other and our community, how we set goals, establish measurements, and solve problems:


By working together and keeping the greater good in mind, we can uplift the whole community. Cooperative work and cooperative wealth break cycles of poverty.


Sustainable, local development is driven by the people who live there - the real experts on what their neighborhoods need. Everything we do is in response to the needs and ambitions of the community and aims to bolster their health, self-sovereignty and quality of life.

Transformative change

We focus on deeper, long-lasting efforts that can truly transform neighborhoods. From the food we source to the partnerships we cultivate, we make sure our work provides lasting benefits to communities and the planet.


Opportunity and wealth should not be dictated by ZIP code or race. Our work builds power and wealth in communities of color to break cycles of inequity and disinvestment. 

Food is fundamental

All communities need access to food. And businesses built on food create healthy, thriving communities while breaking down barriers to access and fostering a more just food system overall.