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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, events, and incubator kitchen options
  • Entrepreneurship support through Exchange and Veggie Box

ANC Programs at a glance:

Outreach & Engagement

  • HousingOur team will connect you to local resources in support of mortgage assistance, first-time home ownership, local realtors, and home repair resources and services.
  • Health CoverageWe provide information and enrollment assistance for Ingham Health Plan and Medicaid. Interns and staff will help with faxing information and getting you the coverage you qualify for.
  • 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 farm & garden and education facility, located in the Eastside’s Hunter Park.
  • Breadbasket Food Pantry, underwritten by Blue Cross Complete in 2018: Every Tuesday, free bread, pastries, and produce are available to Eastside residents from 1:00 PM to 5:00 pm.
  • The Exchange: Is an e-commerce site and collaboration project between local farmers and food producers in Mid-Michigan that connects entrepreneurs to commercial buyers.

Building Community

  • 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 for youth in the area interested in nutrition and gardening at the Hunter Park GardenHouse.
  • Senior Discovery Group: The Senior Discovery Group of Allen Neighborhood Center has been meeting for the last fifteen 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 building, health, gardening, and more!

Financial Transparency

Check out our 2013-2017 Strategic Plan.

Copies of ANC’s federal tax returns are available below.