Black Oak Center

facilitating communities in being resilient

aka Black Oak Center   |   CHICAGO, IL   |  www.blackoakscenter.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2008

president

Dr. Jifunza Charlene Wright-Carter

Executive Director/Operations

Fredrick/Akin Drudell Carter

Main address

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

CHICAGO, IL 60637 USA

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Formerly known as

BLACK OAKS CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE RENEWABLE LIVING NFP

Black Oaks Foundation

EIN

20-4280294

NTEE code info

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Pembroke Farmland Restoration

In our commitment to restoring the black agricultural hub that Pembroke once was, this initiative has both land retention and technical assistance training. The land retention consists of tax delinquency lease intervention that helps farm families hold on to their lands as well as the farmer training component that aids landowners to increase the viability of their lands and strengthens their farm business skills.

Population(s) Served

Healthy Food Hub has been addressing low food access and food insecurity for over 12 years We have delivered high-quality, local produce to over 60000 people from Maywood to Pembroke, over 20 tons of food, 40% of which have been locally grown by apprentices.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

This metric is no longer tracked.
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 skill set has increased, they have been able to grow more food.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Black Oak Center

Board of directors
as of 12/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Rachel Lindsey

Osei Hutchison

Village Leadership Academy

Ramona Westbrook

Brook Architecture

Pancho McFarland

Chicago State University

Anthena Gore

Elevate Energy

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/31/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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