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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Mandela Foods Cooperation
I seriously needed to stock up on some groceries after getting back into town from celebrating a friends birthday in LA. I decided to stop by one of my favorite local markets. The ridiculously convenient Mandela Foods Cooperation is located directly across the street from the West Oakland Bart Station and a block away from the Broadway exit off 880.
My recent haul
The store is stocked with amazingly fresh, locally sourced produce, meats, dairy and bakery items. Organic home-goods and non-perishables round out the inventory. Most of your favorite brands you'd find at Whole Foods or Trader Joes can be found on their shelves. Don't see a product you're looking for, just let one of the employees know and it will be added to the next order and they'll let you know when it is in stock! You can't beat that kind of customer service.
Aside from the inventory and convenience, this market tops my list because of their impact on the neighboring community. It has a cooperative business model so of course the employees are invested in the market's success but this market extends it's borders to provide nutritional education, entrepreneurial development for youth, pop up markets for residential and senior centers and healthy food "prescriptions" for expectant mothers. Mandela Foods Cooperative's commitment to the community it serves is phenomenal. It's worth the trip to West Oakland to make this your go to market!