Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NEOP WEB SITE INFORMATION-2015 and 2016

                                         NEOP PROJECT SUMMARY 2016



Serving the communities of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville since 1998 to fight hunger and teach families nutrition skills”

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 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.

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 in 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.
     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
THANK YOU LIST
In 2014, we received a Mac laptop from Mark Andrews a local Mac technologist working with Mac G-3 and G4 machines.  He also gave us a super drive that is hooked up into our G4 Imac desktop that allows us to down load our old recipes which have been in the Yahoo cloud for the past decade.

In 2016 we received a new laptop from Richard Kovner a local Florida businessman. He gave us a Intel Mac Laptop, Air-book This new laptop is running 10.85 Mountain Lion os.  We are able to open all of our Apple-works and Claris-works files on this Intel Mac with LibreOffice.
We are working on updating all of our older recipes. We will be adding the USDA My-Plate.Gov along with the food exchange systems. In the future we will adding the food exchange list in Spanish and French.

We are also working with Get Connected the computer refurbish people of Cambridge in hopes of restoring one of our Dell Windows computers.

NEOP will be working on its incorporation again in 2106. For people interested in the work on NEOP and who would like to support us contact our director at the email address at the top of the Wish List.

NEOP has a new wish. Would you like to donate a MAC or WINDOWS TABLET.
 Contact Robert Sondak. sondaksondak@yahoo.comk.

NEOP RECIPE FLYER DIARY 2016
English Second Language (ESL) Spainsh
Recipe 1 Judías Verdes (Green Beans)  
translation by Maria Suarez, Asturias, Spain.
Recipe 2 Freijoles Pintos Rerfritos Caseros  (Home-made Pinto Beans)
translation by Maria Suarez, Asturias, Spain.
Recipe 3 Judias Verdes Sazonadas
translation Adrania Bonanno, Santa Fe, Argentina.
Recipe 4 Arroz con Grandules
translation Robert Sondak, NEOP, adapated from Goya Foods.
Recipe 5 Arejavas 
translation, NEOP recipe program.
Recipe 6 Zanahorias Con Sabor Limon
translation Adriana Bonnano, Sante Fe Argentina.
Recipe 7 Pollo Espanol Con Salsa Citrica
translation Shannon Dudak, Texas, USA


Best of Recipe Flyer Series 2016
Recipe Flyers created by Robert Sondak Founding Executive Director of NEOP.

Homemade Apple Sauce
Quick Chili
Macaroni & Lentils
Double Stack Grilled Cheese
Roast Turkey with Diet Cranberry Sauce and Mashed Potato

Best of Recipes Series 2017
Recipe Flyers created by Robert Sondak Founding Executive Director of NEOP.

(January published)  Rice & Vegetable Jambalaya & Rice with Oregano and Black Pepper
(January published)  Ginger Stir Fry with Oregano and Ginger












Check web site for more information.


We will be looking for a new location to conduct our food classes. Please look at this web site for more information.

Asking all chef''s (professional or home) to donate French or boning knives
along with copper or stainless steel pots so that we can prepare our recipes during the upcoming winter for people facing food insecurity.

Please contact Robert Sondak 
NEOP DIRECTOR at
robertsondak@inbox.com

The NEOP web blog was created by our Executive Director; Robert Sondak.
Robert is a Mac computer graphics designer with a background in food science and dietetics. Previously, Robert worked at MGH, the New England Medical Center and was a nutrition intern for the old Boston Food Bank at Jackson Square.

 We would like to credit people who have volunteered their time at NEOP.
 NEOP Spinach Leaf logos white background) and (light brown background) were created by graphics designer Jennifer Goeden, Boston, Ma.

WE will be posting some of our new recipes starting in 1 /16.  Send comments.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NEOP: such as to
volunteer: email Executive Director Robert Sondak at:
robertsondak@inbox.com OR
nutritionneop8@excite.com

TO READ and SEE OUR RECIPES prepare at Feed the Hungry meals program access foodatneop.blogspot.com.
Look to see our new recipes that are prepared at St Bartholomew's starting in January 2016.

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