Best Practices in Developing A Successful Food-Based Entrepreneur Pipeline

Mandela Partners developed this toolkit to provide a framework for Eden Area practitioners seeking to increase income-generation opportunities for local entrepreneurs in unincorporated Alameda County, with a focus on food-based businesses. This resource centers community members and local assets in concept development, recruitment, selection, and growth of food-oriented development projects, with complementary business advising services and a network of resource providers integral in the success of Mandela’s development of brick and mortar businesses, retail incubator, and other community-based projects.

3-minute case study: From food desert to food oasis

May 14, 2018

Through the Mandela MarketPlace partnership, Highland Hospital has systematically addressed barriers standing between its patients and healthier eating, and patients have been quick to embrace changes. Sarg says she often hears patients say, “Oh, I've changed my entire diet."

Oakland Nonprofit Creates Farm-To-Store Pipeline For Healthy Foods

January 17, 2017

The Healthy Retail Network by Mandela Marketplace has been operating for about a decade, putting a variety of fruits and vegetables into ten corner stores and seven regular produce stands. The stores in the network offer the produce on a consignment basis, paying only for what they sell.

Mandela Marketplace featured in NASEM Report on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity

January 11, 2017

Mandela MarketPlace was featured in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity. The release of the report was made via live webcast briefing. The full report can be found here

East Oakland corner stores take a healthy turn

December 23, 2016

More than 300 cases of them were sold this year at seven corner stores connected to a growing network that have agreed to sell more fresh food rather than merely serve as a convenient neighborhood source for alcohol and tobacco.

The program works with merchants on stores’ layouts to promote healthy choices and tone down advertising for alcohol and tobacco products, relocating them to less prominent display areas.

How a Healthy Food System Can Transform Your Community

Nov 28, 2016

"Community members hold the key to positive change"

Mandela MarketPlace understands that community members hold the key to positive change. By lifting up a culture of community ownership, Mandela is increasing access to healthy food and sustainable business opportunities.

Thank you Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for highlighting our work

Mandela MarketPlace to open food hall, cafe in Ashland

October 27, 2016

In the nearly seven years since Mandela MarketPlace leaders were invited to help revitalize the Ashland and Cherryland area, much of their work has focused on getting to know the two communities and their needs.

It’s a decision the Oakland nonprofit hopes will pay off over the next year as it prepares to open a food hall, market and cafe under the name Ashland MarketPlace & Café.

The food stop will be in Ashland Place, an 85-unit affordable apartment complex run by Resources for Community Development, of Berkeley.

More People Have Access To Fresh Produce Under New Stockton Program

October 10, 2016

Over the last two years, Mandela has served as a Healthy Retail consultant to San Joaquin County Public Health Services, developing and piloting the Refresh San Joaquin healthy retail program in Stockton. 

Mandela Foods Cooperative Celebrates its Seventh Birthday in West Oakland

July 7th, 2016

Mandela Food Cooperative celebrated its seventh birthday Sunday with a party themed "Interdependence Day" that offered people a chance to flex their collective muscle.


There were yoga classes and hip-hop, healthy food and drink, literature and instruction, and none of it cost a dime. A couple of hundred people showed up over the course of the afternoon.

Mandela Foods Cooperative Celebrates 7 years

July 3rd, 2016

Mandela Foods Cooperative's 7-Year Anniversary / Interdependence Community Celebration featured on KGO / Channel 7 News.


Anchor: An Oakland neighborhood celebrated the healthier path it's taken over the past few years. ABC7 was there along Mandela Parkway in West Oakland. This weekend marks the seventh anniversary of the Mandela Foods Cooperative.


Adrionna Fike: We’re getting people the food that they need and the story has changed, West Oakland is no longer a food desert.


Anchor: The market strives to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to neighbors.


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