Nutrition Education Outreach Project of Massachusetts

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NEOP Mission Fact Sheet "Serving the communities of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville since 1998 to fight hunger and teach families nutrition skills"

Mission: Strengthen the cognitive development of children by monitoring family nutrition through professionally supported, community-based nutrition education and on-going research.

The Nutrition Education Outreach Project (NEOP) is a Brookline-based nutrition education outreach organization.

Our outreach includes: • Circulating recipe flyers for English, Spanish, and French speaking families highlighting ingredients, quantity and portion size. • Distributing recipe flyers to encourage traditional and ethnic foods for non-native families. • Facilitating a program of nutrition workshops for families with children. • Coordinating cooking classes instructing families in how to prepare recipes. • Establishing cooking classes for school-age children teaching them how to prepare recipes.

History: In 1988, a nutrition pilot program was established that later became know as the Nutrition Education Outreach Project. The following year NEOP created an outreach program with six community partnerships. In 2000, NEOP expands its program by circulating flyers in Spanish and French. In 2001 and 2002, NEOP circulates holiday recipe flyer cook booklets in English, Spanish and French in Cambridge. In 2003, NEOP creates client nutrition workshops at the Ruby Rogers Mental Health and Advocacy Center. In 2005, NEOP coordinates client-based cooking classes at the Ruby Rogers Mental Health and Advocacy Center and the Project Care & Concern. Growth continues in 2006 with the establishment of a program of cooking demos with the Union Square, Somerville Farmers Market. NEOP adds a thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth community partnership in Arlington and Quincy for 2007.

Successes In 2007; NEOP facilitates classes for 825 people, 10 percent of our total client population. In 2006; NEOP completes a client assessment in Roxbury, Massachusetts at the Grace & Hope Baptist Mission Food Pantry which showed a 35% client interest level in our recipes. In 2005: NEOP develops a nutrition and health newsletter program. In 2004; NEOP develops a publicity and promotion web blog page. In 2003; NEOP distributes 1,500 English Second Language recipe flyers.

Community Partnerships: Ruby Rogers Mental Health and Advocacy Center Salvation Army Cambridge East End House Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee St. Paul's Episcopal Methodist Church Grace & Hope Mission Project Care & Concern Pilgrim Church and Pilgrim Day Care Center Harbor Point Seniors Citizens Center Cambridgeport Baptist Church Town of Arlington Human Services & Arlington Housing Authority Seconds Market Arlington Farmers Market Quincy Farmers Market

Robert Sondak, NEOP Executive Director • alternate


  • NEOP Mission Fact Sheet developed by Executive Director Robert Sondak in collaboration with Alison Werner, grant writer of Boston Univeristy. 2007

Contact information

Date Founded: 1998

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Phone: 617-283-2532

30 Churchill Avenue #411 (direct mail NEOP only), Cambridge, MA, 02140, US

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