First Black Woman to Raise $1 Million to Launch a Food Startup Signs Deal With Target


Denise Woodard, the first Black woman entrepreneur to raise $1 million for a food startup company, has reached another milestone. Gluten-free, vegan and allergy-friendly cookies produced by her company, Partake Foods, are now being sold in over 1,600 Target stores nationwide and is continuously expanding.
“This has been on the goal list since Day 1, and I’m thrilled to say it’s now a reality: Partake cookies are now available at Target nationwide! Purchase three super delicious, Partake flavors at over 1,600 Target stores and on,” Woodard said on Twitter.

Last year, Partake Foods received a $1 million investment from Marcy Venture Partners, a consumer-focused VC fund co-founded by rapper Jay-Z.

Woodard, a former Coca-Cola executive, got the idea to start the business when her daughter suffered a severe allergic reaction from corn. She then created allergen-free cookies made without cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soybeans, and wheat. It turned out a lot of consumers — those who are allergy-prone and vegan looking for healthy snacks — would support her products.

Aside from Target, Partake Foods cookies will also be available in Sprouts, The Fresh Market, and Whole Foods Market regions.

For more information about Partake Foods, visit

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