Who We Are
Neighborhood Nutrition Centers (NNC) aids those who need nutritional assistance by providing locally grown, neighbor fresh produce, and provides educational resources for community members.
Grow Local * Eat Local * Feed Your Neighbor.
What We Do
- locally grow and distribute produce to neighbors through food pantries
- connect community organizations, community gardens, and community members
- host monthly community meetings to discuss, outline and expand programming
- conduct workshops on canning, composting, growing practices, and more. . .
- soil test back yard garden plots to “know in what you grow”
- assist in soil improvements for local gardeners
Building a Local Food System
NNC recruits a coalition of gardeners to help grow food for community members in need of nutritional assistance. Crops harvested are picked up by NNC and donated to designated food pantries, allowing neighbors to add fresh, locally grown nutritious produce to their pantry bag each week. Community workshops are held to share cooking, canning, composting, and other best practices for local gardeners.
Through the One Square Foot Program, community gardeners commit one square foot of their planting area to produce food for NNC. Each gardener registers their crops, in return NNC provides gardeners with free soil testing. Based on these results, NNC is available to provide assistance in enhancing soil quality.
Partners and growing sites
Ravenswood Community Services
Waters Elementary School Community Garden
Northside College Prep High School Garden
Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce Community Garden
Urban Habitat Chicago
The Hermitage and North Ridgeway sites
Greater Rockwell Organization
A&B Farm, Chelsea, MI
Les Kniskern, Executive Director
2437 West Sunnyside, Suite 2, Chicago Il 60625
e-mail: Les [at] NNCenters.org
Neighborhood Nutrition Centers currently operates under the fiscal agency of Center for Economic Policy Analysis,
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization