Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Black Oak Center

facilitating communities in being resilient

aka Black Oak Center

CHICAGO, IL

Mission

Empowering communities to thrive in a post-carbon world to ensure a sustainable future for all

Ruling Year

2008

president

Dr. Jifunza Charlene Wright-Carter

Executive Director

Fredrick Drudell Carter

Main Address

6735 South Chicago Ave. P.O. Box 436 Hopkins Park Il. 60944

CHICAGO, IL 60637 USA

Formerly Known As

BLACK OAKS CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE RENEWABLE LIVING NFP

Keywords

sustainability, renewable energy, sustainable housing, resilience

EIN

20-4280294

 Number

4712651075

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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What we aim to solve

Poverty and violence in economically challenged areas are rooted in limited economic opportunity and skills building. In a peri-urban local food system development model, youth, young adults and those looking for another chance get the chance to redirect the course and possibilities in their lives, the lives of their family and community. Access to healthy, affordable food, locally grown can lead to improved economic, social, ecological and physical well being of many. Solving the "food desert" problem from within has been an impetus in our NFP that has taken on a life of its own.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Where we work

Our Results

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Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People of African descent

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

apprentices initially started in a garden and graduated to the teaching field with a 97 ft long high tunnel. As their endurance and skills set has increase, they have been able to grow more food.

Total dollar value of payments made to farmers who sold to the organization

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People of African descent

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The amount in percentages of local food that came from the farmer training program to the markets has increased over the past 3 years

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Provide economic, skills-building opportunities in food system development urban suburban and rural Generate economic development in impoverished, low food access, food-insecure communities by tapping into human and material assets they have. Improve access to healthy, affordable food urban, suburban and rural Improve the health status of high need, peri-urban areas through increased access to healthy affordable food with self-care supports

For 10 years now, Healthy Food Hub Market Days have sprouted in many high need neighborhoods on the south and west sides of Chicago as well as the Southland. This is where market comers can get quality and variety of produce and dry goods that are often not available in their community, learn about the therapeutic benefits of these foods, learn healthy food preparation, self-care technics, enjoy tastings while reinforcing community.

We initially started doing Markets every other week in 2009. We are now doing markets 3-5 times per week. Our aim is to reach 9 to 15 per week.

Results are pending from the Cook County Health patient database, however, many consistent patrons report improvements in their health as well as their family's health. We have given over 100 youth job training, skills-building opportunities. Some have gone on to do their own businesses.

We have given over 100 youth job training, skills-building opportunities. Some have gone on to do their own businesses. Market Days were an incubator for a number of our community partners who have gone on to expand their businesses beyond kitchen cottage and are in major stores now. Products were tested, tried, and perfected before they went on to a broader market. Many reports of improved health status, reduction in medications, prevention of disease complications. Reports of social connectedness What is next is securing a Healthy Food Hub truck to set up markets in multiple locations with ease and sell healthy affordable foods in multiple places. The expansion of the Rx Bag Therapeutic Foods Service, maximizing one of the nation's few physician lead market prescription programs to support self-care, disease prevention in communities with high morbidity and mortality.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender Identity
Female

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