Panel: Where Finance & Community Development Intersect with Food Justice

Join us for a panel highlighting the stories and creative financing partnerships behind Community Foods Market and Mandela MarketPlace, two community-based markets working to make positive social impacts in West Oakland, a frontline community experiencing significant barriers to accessing public health, economic, and social opportunities.

This panel is hosted by and will focus on California FreshWorks, a loan and grant program that provides financing to create equitable access to affordable, healthy food in low-income and underserved communities in California. We work with a variety of businesses and nonprofits that grow, aggregate, distribute, and sell healthy food in a way that builds a sustainable local food system, increases community ownership, and promotes economic development.

Event Details
Thursday, June 14, 2018
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm (program will begin at 5:30 pm)

The Citizen Engagement Lab
1330 Broadway, 3rd Floor

Panel Moderator
Catherine Howard
California FreshWorks

Brahm Ahmadi
Community Foods Market

Mariela Cedeño
Director, Business Development & Lending
Mandela Marketplace

Steve Saltzman
Director of Food System Finance
Self-Help Federal Credit Union

Nate Schaffran
Manager, Food & Enterprise Lending
Northern California Community Loan Fund


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