1 million pounds of produce from small and beginning farmers
Generated more than $7.2 million in local economic returns
Created over $500,000 in additional revenue for local farmers
Dispersed $417,000 in loan funds to food retailers, local growers, and distributors with a 100% repayment rate
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.
The nexus between food,
and local businesses
In Mandela Partners' video, our partner farmers, neighborhood retailers, and community leaders talk about how we're supporting an environment of health through neighborhood-led initiatives.
We're passionate about building the long-term sustainability of locally-owned food-based businesses to address market gaps in the food systems of marginalized communities.
Since 2004, we've accomplished this through our comprehensive programs that strengthen food access, build capacity of resident entrepreneurs, and more.