NMEP Programs

We look at the impact of each potential project and program on our mission, vision and values before accepting whether it becomes a part of the work in which we engage or support. Each project must have an element of sustainability and long term positive impact for the communities in which we serve.

Characteristics of successful initiatives: strengthen relationships with urban and rural consumers and producers, develop closed loop food systems processes, and support sustainable local urban and regional food systems. Elements of the shared commercial kitchen include small food business incubator, food service and job readiness training, kitchen rental service, and nutrition education programs.

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Community Education

Hands-on food nutrition, growing and cooking education programming using local, seasonal and affordable foods while integrating STEAM components (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

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Startups & Skills


Local food entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business can take advantage of the NMEP Food Entrepreneur Program. NMEP food entrepreneurs are provided access to rent commercial kitchens at an affordable cost, market opportunities, resources and technical assistance for continuous improvement from our team of culinary experts and entrepreneurship management.

Skills & Workforce Development

No More Empty Pots 8-week Culinary Certificate Program provides hands-on skills based on-the-job culinary training for individuals currently working in the industry that want to sharpen and grow skills.


Hospitality & Production

Cups Café

This program of NMEP serves specialty coffee, local and seasonal food, along with a meeting space available by reservation. It is a neighborhood café committed to supporting the community in becoming self-sufficient and food secure.

Food Production

Food production programs improve community food-related knowledge and self-sufficiency by providing healthy prepared meals, local produce through CSA’s, and educational resources and activities.

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