Nutrition Education Outreach Project of Massachusetts

  • MA

About Us

Serving the communities of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville since 1998 to fight hunger and teach Community Service Management, I developed the recipe flyers and created the initial pilot program. While a student at the Pratt Institute, I studied Food Science and Dietetics and worked within a hospital system as a nutrition intern to learn about the processing of patient food.

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Mission:

Strengthen the cognitive development and nutrition well being of NEOP communities and other communities of families with children. We are focused on building our NEOP community online. We plan to do this by providing information about family nutrition via professionally supported, community-based nutrition education, food science and diet research to our global community. We have created a bevy of recipe flyers that incorporate dietary and nutritional information, some of the data targeting hypertension and diabetes. Having previously developed Nutrition Events such as food workshops and cooking demonstrations in community based facilities – we are wanting to bring those back into our mission as Outreach Product Models.


The Nutrition Education Outreach Project (NEOP) is a Cambridge-based nutrition education outreach organization that was founded in 1998, by myself Robert Sondak. As a graduate of UMass Boston in

Product Lines:

Our Products are included into our Outreach Project approach:

Our Created Recipe Flyers in a multi-lingual format that includes English, Spanish, and French for those speaking communities

and families.                                                                                                           

   Distributed Recipe Flyers to encourage new as well as traditional, and also multi-ethnic foods for    

  immigrant families and individuals.

   Within these Recipe Flyers we highlight the USDA Food Guides, 'Food Pyramid' and the revised '

      MyPlate.gov' education programs.

      These Recipe Flyers highlight ingredients, quantity, quality and portion size while focusing on low salt and diabetic diet portions incorporating hypertension and diabetes management.


Facilitated a program of Nutritional Health and Wellness Workshops for families with children in the Boston, Cambridge and Somerville neighborhoods.

   Established lectures highlighting Food and the Nutritional values and components of the food in a non-cooking environment and setting.

  These Nutritional Health and Wellness Workshops covered not only nutritional information, but also

   incorporate nutritional consciousness including vitamins and minerals and how families can utilize these  essential nutrients in food shopping and food budgets.


Established Nutritional Cooking Classes for school-age children teaching them how to prepare recipes

while learning the nutritional value of those ingredients as well as the overall recipe's nutritional value.

   Coordinated these Nutritional Cooking Classes by instructing families in how to prepare recipes, do meal planning and incorporate Health and Wellness through nutrition.

   Demonstrated and instructed families in the Nutritional Cooking Classes oh how to reduce cholesterol  and hypertension via the introduction of mono-unsaturated cooking oils: olive and sunflower.


    Created Herbal Bookmark Program for school-age children and families teaching them how to prepare  recipes with limited salt and added sugar to manage hypertension and diabetes.

 Herbal Bookmarks are an introductory bookmark highlighting herbs in our community which includes:

  history, health benefits, and how to use them daily cooking.                                                                    

         Circulated Herbal Bookmarks in the Nutrition Health and Wellness Workshops to help focus on managing sugar intake.

Facilitated Nutrition Cooking Demonstrations instructing school-age children and families in how to

 utilize cooking herbs like basil, oregano, paprika in both hot and cold dishes while managing daily salt  intake.


Created Health and Wellness Newsletters for members of our workshops and families with children  also children that focus on healthy eating along with portion control to reduce hypertension and diabetes.

    The Health and Wellness Newsletters educate people to in how to utilize food groups of USDA Food  Pyramid and My Plate.gov.

   Health and Wellness Newsletters educate people about the health benefits of using cooking herbs such as basil, oregano, paprika, garlic, cinnamon etc to enhance digestion and reduce salt.


   Our Cookbook will incorporate both measurements systems of English and international Metric

   for recipe measurement..

Our goal is to create an online version of this cookbook and use it as a fundraising tool to publicize our work nationally and regionally.


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 expanded by circulating flyers in Spanish and French in Cambridge, Ma. For 2001 and 2002, NEOP circulated holiday recipe flyer cook booklets in English, Spanish and French in Cambridge, Ma.. In 2003, NEOP created client nutrition workshops at the Ruby Rogers Mental Health Center. In 2005, NEOP facilitated client-based cooking classes at the Ruby Rogers Mental Health Center and the Project Care & Concern. Growth continued in 2006 with the establishment of cooking demos with the Union Square, Somerville Farmers Market. Expansion blossomed in 2007-2008 with the establishment of a series of cooking demos at the Arlington and Quincy Farmers Market. In 2012 NEOP created a cooking demonstration series in Cambridge, Ma. NEOP created websites in 2015 that allowed food programs and professionals to preview our recipes online. In 2016, NEOP developed a nutrition-outreach partnership with the senior citizens farmers market at the East End House. In December 2016, NEOP developed a culinary partnership with the Friday Lunch meals program to prepare our recipes for their members and brining the total number of partnerships to 10.


Goals:

  • 501(c)3 Incorporation – with an established BoD.
  • Create a Revenue Stream – using a Distribution Network for the Recipe Flyers and Newsletters.
  • Online Calendar of Events – for public use and promoting Events with Collaborative Agencies.
  • Create an Email Distribution List – for Distributing Communications and eVites to events.

Growth:

  • Online Store –using Facebook and Constant Contact managing Rsvp 's for Product Disbursement and Revenue Growth.
  • Vlog – Video Log showing cooking demo 's as a video blog site.
  • Cable TV Show –creating a show that cab be distributed via Access Television Networks.

Successes:

  • In 2016; NEOP created a partnership with the East End House providing nutrition outreach at their Senior Food Pantry.
  • In 2015: NEOP created 2 web sites which highlighted our recipes virtually through the Internet world wide
  • In 2012: NEOP developed a food demonstration series at the Harvest Food Pantry, Cambridgeport Baptist Church and a cooking series at St. Bartholomew's Church.
  • In 2011: NEOP developed a partnership with the Pilgrim Church community meal as they prepare our recipes.
  • In 2007: NEOP facilitated classes for 825 people, 10 percent of our total low-income client population 8,250.
  • In 2006: NEOP completed a client assessment in Roxbury, Massachusetts at the Grace & Hope Baptist Mission Food Pantry which showed a 30% client interest level in our recipes.
  • In 2005: NEOP developed a nutrition and health newsletter program.
  • In 2003: NEOP distributed 1,500 English Second Language recipe flyers.


Community Partnerships (2017)

CAMBRIDGE

Salvation Army

East End House, Cambridge

Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church, Cambridge

Harvest Food Pantry, Cambridgeport Baptist Church

Feed the Hungry Meals Program, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal of Cambridge

Friday Cafe lunch meals program, First Church of Cambridge

BOSTON

Grace &Hope Mission

Project Care &; Concern and Harbor Point Seniors Citizens Center

Pilgrim Church

Pilgrim Church Day Care Center


Robert Sondak, NEOP Executive Director

  • sondaksondaksondak@gmail.com and (617)-283-2532
  • sondaksondaksondak@gmail.com
  • NEOP web sites https;//neopneopt.blogspot.com


  • NEOP Mission Fact Sheet developed by Chef and Executive Director Robert Sondak in collaboration with Alison Werner, grant writer of Boston Univeristy. 2007
  • NEOP Mission Fact Sheet revised by Chef and Executive Director Robert Sondak in collaboration with Ana Belay 2016.

Latest Listings

Program Develoipment (Volunteer Opportunity)

Facebook/web advisor (Volunteer Opportunity)


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