Nonprofit-Driven Community Capacity-Building Efforts in Community Food Systems

  • Meenar M
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This paper explores how community-based nonprofit organizations (NPOs)<br />build community capacity through their programs and initiatives while<br />responding to community issues such as food insecurity and<br />vulnerability. Based on an original survey, interviews, field<br />observations, and spatial network analysis, the paper examines<br />Philadelphia-based NPO-driven community capacity-building programs by<br />using the community capitals framework, which includes human, physical,<br />financial, social, and organizational capitals. The findings suggest<br />that NPOs are making an important effort to build community capacity,<br />while facing significant challenges related to administration, budget,<br />collaboration, longevity, financial return, spatial mismatch, and<br />community engagement. Concluding remarks include policy suggestions for<br />NPOs that are working on community issues.




Meenar, M. (2015). Nonprofit-Driven Community Capacity-Building Efforts in Community Food Systems. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 77–94.

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