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Food Ecosystems

Corner Store Campaign

The Corner Store Campaign addresses the long history of injurious business practices, ingrained racial tensions, and unhealthy food options that typifies many inner-city corner stores. Since launch, the campaign has focused on four critical goals.

Alternative Business Models
Education Campaign
Lasting Policy Change
Racial Healing

IMAN Food & Wellness Center

The IMAN Food and Wellness Center promotes health and wellness to local residents. We’ve partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to bring a “client choice” food distribution 3 days a week. In addition, we provide health education, help eligible candidates access public benefits, and host opportunities to connect with fellow community members! 

 Food Distribution @63rd & Racine (1216 W. 63rd)

 Tuesday: 10am- 12pm, Thursday: 4pm-6pm, and Saturday: 9am – 11am 

*Serving zipcodes 60629, 60636, & 60621

Farmer’s Market

In an effort to increase accessibility to fresh produce and healthful food options, IMAN hosts a locally sourced market throughout the Summer and Fall months featuring local local vendors, inspiring artistic expressions, food demonstrations, sampling and giveaways.

Backyard Garden

As part of the Green ReEntry-led renovation, IMAN’s Backyard Garden began growing and harvesting fresh produce in Spring 2018. This garden will not only be used for fruits and vegetables, but as an outdoor education space and model for sustainability in inner-city communities.

Community Kitchen

Culinary arts can be healing, as well as lead to long-term employment. IMAN plans to refurbish an existing commercial kitchen space in its center for the purpose of entrepreneurial development and training. The community kitchen will be a space that will incubate small businesses offering food products by providing commercial kitchen space and support the workforce development training in the culinary arts. The project seeks to prepare area residents, including youth and their families, for future food service and culinary employment. IMAN, in collaboration with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, will provide hands on training and experience in nutrition and best practice food preparation.