Distributed more than
1.8 million pounds of sustainably grown produce
Generated more than $7.2 million in local economic returns
Created $880,000 in additional revenue benefiting local BIPOC growers
Dispersed $509,000 in loan funds to food retailers, local growers, and distributors
BUILDING ASSETS THROUGH LOCAL FOOD ENTERPRISES
Founded in West Oakland, California, Mandela Partners was established to fill a gap that was created through deeply rooted inequities--a legacy of redlining and economic disinvestment, and barriers to opportunities for entrepreneurs. We do this by weaving together several areas of work: sourcing from sustainable family farmers, creating accessible and affordable healthy food access points, supporting local food business creation and expansion, and increasing capital for BIPOC entrepreneurs.
Together, we envision a future where small sustainable farmers are invested in, local food enterprises are central to community wealth building, and residents are thriving.