Partake Foods sells more than gluten-free and allergen-friendly cookies and cake mixes. Founder and CEO Denise Woodard sees every box as a step towards broader inclusion and accessibility across the food industry.
Woodard has built New York City based Partake with intentionality. Partake is majority backed by investors of color, and now the brand, which grew sales 10-fold in 2020, is opening up applications to join its second cohort of fellows from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The seven-week virtual program includes career prep but is really meant to be a primer on the wide variety of job opportunities in the food industry. It should be considered a model for other food companies to replicate.