It's easy to explain why eating healthy is important. But, there’s a different sense of ownership when you grow your own healthy food and help your community eat well too. This holiday season, your gift to Teens for Food Justice will empower young food justice leaders do just that!
One million New Yorkers are food insecure and malnourished. An alarming one in four NYC children live in food insecure households. this leads to over $4 Billion spent every year on treating diet related diseases and illness in NYC alone.
Addressing the lack of access to fresh and nutritious food is critically important, and that’s been the imperative of Teens for Food Justice for over four years.
Now more than ever we’re seeing the power of galvanizing a youth-led movement to eradicate food insecurity.
This year, TFFJ teens visited the New York City Council to advocate for increased healthy food access in their district. Armed with a community map filled with data they collected by surveying pricing and availability of fresh food in their neighborhood, these young leaders requested over 1 million dollars to help expand their farm site and ability to fight food insecurity locally.
AND THEY GOT IT!
These student advocates so impressed their local officials that Council Member Laurie Cumbo and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams joined forces to appropriate $3.05 Million in New York City funding to build a high-capacity hydroponic greenhouse farm at the Urban Assembly Unison School. At this farm, students will grow more than 25,000 lbs of produce annually to feed four schools and communities on an ongoing basis, while mastering STEM concepts and key skills needed in a green workforce economy. This farm will augment three more student-run high capacity hydroponic farms in high-risk NYC communities--for a total output of more than 100,000 lbs of produce annually.
Join the fight for Food Justice by supporting these young advocates and leaders! City funding, such as the $3M secured by our students, will pay for the construction of the greenhouse structure; but materials and equipment for growing and distributing the food where it is needed and TFFJ's targeted educational and leadership development programming are made possible by donors like you. And we know this model works:
50% of TFFJ students feel more confident in science
67% of TFFJ program participants feel more confident sharing their ideas and opinions with others
58% believe that they can make a difference in their community
75% understand the importance of eating fruits and vegetables
83% reported learning new topics or something they previously didn’t know/understand
69% of students consider themselves healthy eaters after completing the program
Here's how your support makes a difference:
$10 Purchases one day of healthy snacks for TFFJ students. Healthy snack kicks off every program day to model healthy food choices that our students then share with families, friends and community.
$25 Supports a one month transportation stipend for two mentors.
$50 Pays for one month of equipment and technology to allow purchases using SNAP or Food Assistance benefits that make TFFJ produce acessable and affordable for all.
$100 Supports supply costs for a healthy food tasting/cooking demo at one farm market event.
$500 Sustains one full month of crops, providing seeds and essential supplies to grow over 2000 pounds of produce.
$1500 Supports a year-long apprenticeship for five young-adult mentors who guide teens through our youth leadership program.