Our Purpose

What We Do

The Urban Oak Initiative, Inc. (UOI) is a BIPOC-led, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 1997 as a community service agency providing basic human services to rural communities. Its current mission is to educate individuals and families on the benefits of plant-based nutrition as a part of an active and healthy lifestyle.

We primarily serve residents in Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit V impacted by adverse socio-economic conditions including poverty, food disparities, limited living-wage job opportunities, untreated preventable health conditions, and low rates of post-secondary educational attainment.

We partner with community-focused organizations to accomplish this work. Some of our core partners are the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Luluma Foundation, Columbia Residential, and Pittsburgh Yards.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Urban Oak Initiative is to educate youth and their families on the benefits of plant-based nutrition and living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world of healthy, vibrant, and diverse communities built around the holistic duality of nutritious food and a healthy lifestyle.

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Our programs

Hands-on Experience

Teaching plant-based cooking skills in engaging, action-packed culinary classes.

Local entrepreneurs from the Food Studio work to mentor students for careers in the plant-based industry.

Teaching plant-based cooking and nutrition information to the community through engaging presentations.

The nation's first 100 % community-based, plant-based, shared commercial kitchen incubator and accelerator. We are redefining, transforming, and increasing fresh and healthy food access in Atlanta through supporting plant-based entrepreneurship.

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