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NANDC Supports My Figueroa

My Figueroa Streetscape

At our April 3, 2014 meeting, the NANDC Board voted to write a letter of support for the proposed My Figueroa project. The project is aimed at redesigning the Figueroa Corridor into a street that serves the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders, while still accommodating drivers.
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The fruit trees in your back yard can change your neighborhood

Did you know that Americans throw away 165 billion dollars worth of food a year!  We collectively throw away almost 1/3 of the food we grow today, much of it being the fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables that are so scarce at our local food pantries.

There is a solution, and you can help.  Food Forward – a Southern California based nonprofit connects the abundance of healthy, locally grown food with those who need it most. Beginning in 2009, they harvested fruit from backyards, parks, and private properties in Los Angeles and donated 100% of what they picked to local food banks and food pantries.  To-date they’ve donated over 1.7million pounds of fresh produce to an incredibly diverse array of direct-service agencies, helping to feed over 1 million people in Southern California.  In 2012 Food Forward launched a Farmers Market Food Recovery Program, and has since spread to 7 markets city-wide, gleaning produce from farmers that would have otherwise been thrown away at the end of market.

How does it work? First, volunteers and a trained volunteer Team Leader pass out Food Forward boxes to farmers, who believe they will have leftovers towards the end of the market.  After the market closes, the team collects the boxes full of fruits and veggies.  The produce is weighed, recorded, and then distributed to the food banks.
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Our Name

The early Eighth District Empowerment Congress, created by now Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was a community-based education and mobilization program. It has been acknowledged as the model for the Los Angeles citywide neighborhood council system created by the change City Charter.

We still proudly carry the early moniker in our name as the 'Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council'.  Call us NANDC for short!

Our Community

NANDC is located in West Adams, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with most of its buildings erected between 1880 and 1925. It was once the wealthiest district in the city, with its Victorian mansions and sturdy Craftsman bungalows home to Downtown businessmen and professors and academicians at USC. In the 1990s, three areas of West Adams were designated as Historic Preservation Overlay Zones by the city of Los Angeles, in recognition of their outstanding architectural heritage.