Unlike conventional supermarkets and grocery stores, Mandela is operated, centrally governed, and democratically controlled by our worker-owners. Our structure and operations are guided by cooperative principles and a strong community centered mission.

Our Sourcing Ethos

We prioritize sourcing from local farmers and food purveyors. Why? Because it keeps money circulating within our local economy longer, providing more jobs to people who live in our area. We intentionally support businesses run by people of color because we are deeply committed to creating opportunity for interdependence in the food space, where POC entrepreneurs generate livable incomes that support their families. Our standards for high-quality food means we are always looking for fresh, nutrient dense and packaged foods made with clean ingredients.   

A Full-Service Grocery Store

Our small neighborhood store has the following departments:

  • Local & Organic Produce

  • Hormone Free Dairy

  • Well Selected Grocery & Sundry Items

  • Household Goods & Pet Food

  • Bulk (including bulk Herbs & Spices)

  • Frozen Food Variety

  • Grab & Go Meals

  • Household Goods

  • Natural Bath & Beauty Products

Local Food Makers & Farmers

Alchemy Cooperative*House KombuchaActa Non Verba
Ali's Kitchen Luscious Lathers Avalos Farm
Alvarado St. Bakery* Mandela Foods Distribution Berkeley Farming Collective
Ancient Organics Dibrova Catalan Family Farm
Ancient Treasures Numi Tea Golden Rule Organics
Arizmendi Bakery and Pizzeria Emeryville* Pachamama Kale Chips Raised Roots
Avocurl Papa's Bean Pies Scott Family Farm
Baia Pasta Lev's Kombucha R Kelley Farms
Black Medicine Red Bay CoffeeSunFed Ranch
BurmaLove Mr Dewies JSM Organic Farm
Cafe Santana Roasting Company TerangaWest Oakland Farms
Casa Sanchez Sabor Mexicano Mary's Chicken
Claravale Farm Shakti Foods
Keller Crafted MeatsGalant Foods
Essence Unlimited Straus Organic
Flower to Fruit Thanksgiving Coffee
Goddess Butter The No Cookie Cookie
Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative*Cultured Kitchen
GROW Farm Flowers Vital Vittles
Hodo Soy Voila Juice
Way to Life Foods Zion Health

*Worker-Owned Cooperative!