Oakland CARES Act: Street Vendor Support and Grants

CARES Act funds helped Street Food Vendors through technical assistance and small grants.

Posted: February 4th, 2021 2:20 PM

Last Updated: March 31st, 2021 6:32 PM

Program Overview

The Oakland CARES Act Street Food Vendor pilot project, funded with $75,000 in CARES Act Funding and led by the Feed the Hunger Fund, addressed key challenges that street food vendors face in their efforts to emerge from the informal economy. To aid the street vendors in their efforts to comply with permits and secure equipment and supplies, grants – ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 – were awarded to 18 vendors. Of these grant recipients, 70 percent were Latinx and 67 percent were women. Comprehensive technical assistance was provided to vendors to improve their business practices and access to capital.

Recipient Demographics

Pie chart showing Race & Ethnicity of Street Vendor Grant Recipients

All 18 street vendor grants went to BIPOC individuals.

12 of the grant recipients identified as female, and 6 identified as male.


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