Community Produce Stands and Community Supported Agriculture Produce Boxes
In the spring of 2020, our efforts shifted from in person produce sales to COVID emergency relief response. We also recognized a strong desire for paying customers to join us in this work of supporting community through a more equitable food system. In June 2020 we launched our sliding scale CSA program, which gives customers the opportunity to choose a higher price point to cover the cost of those who cannot pay. This option supports the cost of our free donations to the community and a fair wage for our BIPOC farmer network. Learn how you can join our CSA program at ShopMandela.com
Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Produce Box program is a convenient way for customers to support multiple farms by subscribing for a produce box filled with local and sustainably grown produce. Our sliding scale option allows for others to pay a higher price to cover the cost of those who are in need of free produce. Our CSA program has a Fresh Creds Box, with 50% off for SNAP customers. We currently have CSA pick up sites at Mudlab, Oak Harvest Kitchen and Ashland Market and Cafe. Visit ShopMandela.com to learn more and order a produce box for pick up or home delivery.
On hiatus for the foreseeable future.
Our hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic has given us an opportunity to re-engage with community in the safest and most effective way to provide fresh food access to our neighborhoods. As schools begin to reopen, we are investing time into exploring new possibilities of what pop up produce stands could look like in the future.
Before the outbreak of the pandemic, our pop up markets brought fresh, high quality, and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables to communities that are under-served by more established farmers market programs. Mandela Partners' stands were also supported by a robust network of parent assistants who volunteered weekly at the stands to provide healthy options and develop strong relationships within their community.
Previously, our network of produce stands consisted of eight weekly pop-up markets throughout Oakland. Located at the North Oakland Senior Center, the West Oakland Health Council, the Oakland Public Library and five elementary schools, our program is sourced from and supports limited-resource, sustainable farmers that grow within 200 miles of Oakland. We worked collaboratively with our in-house distribution center – Mandela Produce Distribution – to ensure that our program sourced from and supported these farmers with competitive pricing and stable retail outlets.