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Our Mission

Ujamaa Café & Mobile, is a practice of community care and economics through supporting neighborhood revitalization at the intersection of health and food equity. Ujamaa, meaning “brotherhood” or “extended family” in Swahili and celebrated annually during Kwanzaa as the fourth principle committing practitioners to “cooperative economics" is the demonstration of community care.

Our Vision

Ujamaa are cashless, de-surveilled food access points and locations that cater to the diverse needs of its patrons and the surrounding community while addressing the deficiency of sparse healthy food options within the area.

 
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Ujamaa is a cashless, de-surveilled grab-and-go vending option with health forward premade breakfast, lunch, snack, and beverage options. Food options are stored in our refrigerators for patrons to view, select, and purchase. Our machines offer an innovative model for offering healthy meals to diverse patrons, sharing nutritional information, and supporting the local small business economy through strategic partnerships with food businesses and entrepreneurs

All Ujamaa refrigerators are located within a community agency that provides open access to our Ujamaa.

About Ujamaa

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 Ujamaa Cafe & Mobile

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How it Works

With our community Ujamaa the customer is able to touch a product before buying. Once the door is closed, the kiosk automatically knows what was taken. All that’s required is a single electrical outlet! Ujamaa Cafe placement team will ensure getting started is a breeze.

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How it Works

Customers can filter by meal type or nutritional needs. The kiosk menu automatically displays products that 
are currently in inventory and allows customers to filter by meal type or a full range of allergens. The menu displays 
pricing in real-time, allowing the setup of discounts and promotions from the comfort of a laptop. Customers 
can also view real-time inventories from their phone or computer

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How It Works

All meals, desserts, and To-Go items are sourced from approved Ujamaa Affiliates. A mix of newly established and seasoned partners provide daily breakfast and lunch items offering a dynamic and delicious rotating menu. CFHE has rigorous meal guidelines and nutrition standards making Ujamaa's meals a gold standard in terms of health and nutrition. 

Find an Ujamaa Cafe or Mobile Near You
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Find an Ujamaa Cafe or Mobile Location Near you.

 

Become an Ujamaa Affiliate.

Do you have a health-conscious snack, beverage, breakfast, or lunch product that can be stocked in our mobile refrigerators or Cafe?

Start your application for consideration to join our Ujamaa Affiliate pool.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in CFHE's Ujamaa Cafe and Mobile refrigerator program. Ujamaa Café and Mobile, seeks to support neighborhood revitalization at the intersection of health and food equity

 

Application

The Ujamaa online application includes: 

  • Business information and documentation section

  • A narrative section on Mission Alignment

  • Product information section

 

Application Process

1. Online Application

2. Interview. Finalists will be contacted for an interview performed by CFHE's Affiliate & Partnerships Committee 

3. Final decisions will be shared via email with selected restaurants invited to join the Ujamaa Restaurant Affiliate program.

Eligibility Requirements

Food vendors with a food item (beverage, snack, or pre-packaged breakfast or lunch meal) are welcome to apply to be an Ujamaa Affiliate by completing our application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until June 1st. 

 


To be considered a viable applicant for the CFHE Ujamaa Affiliate Program you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be based in one of CFHE's Hudson and Essex County Ujamaa location target areas. 

  • Preference is given to minority and women-owned businesses as certified by the State of New Jersey.

  • Alignment with the CFHE mission and a commitment to health and food equity, social justice, and community development.  

  • Be a registered business in the State of New Jersey. 

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