Mandela Partners


Mandela Partners is a nonprofit organization that uses food as a tool for local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses that have been historically oppressed to build wellness, wealth, and economic opportunities in their own neighborhoods.


Oakland, 14 miles to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market


Founded in West Oakland in 2004, Mandela Partners works to improve health, grow wealth, and build community power. For new business owners, the nonprofit’s Food Business Pathways Program helps them start, test, and grow their business. Through the Building Equity program, Foodwise partners with Mandela Partners to host local food entrepreneurs in popping up at the farmers market to connect with the larger Bay Area community.