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  • True Cost of American FoodInvesting in Sustainable Agriculture

    April 16th, 2016

  • Engage community

    Systemsapproach

    Building on community assets

    MANDELA MARKETPLACE APPROACH

  • COMMUNITY

  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • a worker-owned, full-service retail grocery store that fosters economic empowerment & builds community health.

    MANDELA FOODS COOPERATIVE

  • Supports local, under-resourced farmers by establishing an alternative distribution network that passes on wholesale prices to community businesses.

    MANDELA FOODS DISTRIBUTION

  • ZELLAS SOULFUL KITCHEN

  • FOOD ACCESS

  • Increases access points for healthy food by delivering produce to corner stores, making produce readily available in the places that community members frequent the most.

    HEALTHY RETAIL

  • COMMUNITY PRODUCE STANDSWeekly produce stands at area senior centers, residential facilities, health centers, and schools. Residents are able to purchase fresh

    produce & basic staples at affordable prices in a convenient, friendly, and helpful atmosphere.

  • NUTRTION EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT

  • FINANCE

  • Kiva Zip / FarmLink Harvest to Market / Ladder-Up Financing Leveraged HFFI funds to create loan/loss reserves: $75,000 $200,000+

    Increased access to financing for community entrepreneurs, farmers, corner store owners, grocers increasing access to healthy food in disinvested, under-served communities.

    LADDER UP FINANCING

  • Purchase Order Advance

    Pricing > Purchase Order > Advance > Loan Fee >Product Pick Up > Product Sales > Loan Repayment > Re-Up

    HARVEST TO MARKET

  • LOCAL SYSTEMS

  • | LOCAL | SUSTAINABLE |COMMUNITY OWNED |

  • TAKE-AWAYS Low-income communities are often left out of the sustainability

    conversation

    Disinvested communities can capitalize from market gaps not being filled by the traditional market

    Food economy as a catalyst

    Current capital systems are not accessible

    Creating sustainable community development, requires community ownership. .

    Ownership is asset building financial and political voice.

  • THANK YOU!

    www.mandelamarektplace.orgMariela Cedeo | mariela@mandelamarketplace.org

  • @mandelamarket

    https://www.facebook.com/mandelamarketplace

    Mariela Cedeo | mariela@mandelamarketplace.org

    www.mandelamarketplace.org

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