Allen Neighborhood Center is a place-based organization that serves as a hub for neighborhood revitalization and for activities that promote the health and well-being of Lansing’s Eastside community and other stakeholders.
Our signature projects include:
- The award-winning Allen Farmers Market
- Urban growing initiatives centered around the Hunter Park GardenHouse
- Community building Outreach and Engagement
- Allen Market Place rentals for events
- Incubator Kitchen for entry-level food entrepreneurs
- Exchange and Veggie Box, a 30 farmer CSA offering pick-up and complementary delivery
- Programs for youth and seniors
ANC Programs at a glance:
Outreach & Engagement
- Housing: Our team will connect you to local resources in support of mortgage assistance, first-time home ownership, local realtors, landlord- tenant assistance, and home repair resources and services.
- Health Coverage: We provide information and enrollment assistance for Ingham Health Plan and Medicaid. Interns and staff will help with faxing information and getting you the appropriate health coverage.
- Canvassing: Our interns and staff walk the Eastside to share news and resources about the Center and to hear from neighbors about their perceptions of the ‘state of the neighborhood’.
- Market Walk and Market Moves: We encourage exercise by providing tokens to the Farmers Market as incentives for exercising.
- Allen Farmers Market: A year-round Wednesday market connecting residents with fresh local produce and other locally produced food products.
- Hunter Park GardenHouse: A year-round urban farming and gardening education facility, located in the Eastside’s Hunter Park.
- Breadbasket Food Pantry: Every Monday, free bread, pastries, and produce are available to Eastside residents from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
- The Exchange: An e-commerce site that connects Mid-Michigan farmers and food producers to commercial, institutional, and individual buyers.
- Incubator Kitchen: A fully equipped and commercially licensed facility to prepare food products for licensed sale. Food entrepreneurs using our kitchen have access to business development workshops, marketing support, and assistance in securing licenses.
- Eastside Neighbor: A newsletter covering ANC events and neighborhood happenings, distributed 3X/year to the door of 3000 homes and in businesses along Eastside corridors.
- Youth Programs: Year-round after-school and summer Take Root Garden Club and Youth Service Corps programs, offering nutrition, culinary, gardening, and fitness education.
- Senior Discovery Group: The Senior Discovery Group of Allen Neighborhood Center has been meeting for the last twenty years for “pretty good coffee and great conversation.” The group meets every Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Allen Market Place, located just behind the Allen Neighborhood Center at 1629 E. Kalamazoo St. This is a lively group of seniors, who look forward to coffee, treats, and a presentation by a different speaker each week. Topics addressed by guest speakers range from music, culture, weather, life stories, neighborhood history, health, gardening, and more!