Oakland CARES Act: Black Cultural Zone Community Development Corporation

With support of $150,000 from a CARES Act agreement with EWD, the Black Cultural Zone Community Development Corporation (BCZ) established and operates the outdoor AKOMA Market on City-owned property at the intersection of 73rd and Foothill Boulevard in East Oakland.

Posted: February 4th, 2021 2:20 PM

Last Updated: March 22nd, 2021 9:52 AM

Program Overview

Through the market, BCZ improves food security for vulnerable populations, educates the public on staying safe and healthy during the pandemic, supports businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and distributes PPE items.

An estimated 92,000 people were served during 35 food distribution days, 9 market days, 4 community events and 3 COVID Test days and PPE kits were distributed to 170 businesses.

While poor air quality due to wildfires and increasingly stringent Health Orders prevented additional events in 2020, the AKOMA Market returns in 2021 with creative programs like drive-in movies.

AKOMA Market Business Partners

Pie chart showing ZIP Codes for partners that participated in the AKOMA Market

Businesses participating at the AKOMA Market came from all across Oakland.

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