Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ) works to ensure universal equitable access to healthy, fresh, affordable food. We train youth in 21st century hydroponic urban agricultural farming techniques, entrepreneurship, and health/nutrition education and advocacy, empowering them as change agents who can lead themselves and their own food insecure communities towards healthier futures.
TFFJ works in Title 1 schools to train youth to become urban farmers: building and maintaining indoor hydroponic farms that yield more than 22,000 lbs. of fresh produce annually at each location. Our young urban farmers experience the rewards of building a meaningful, working solution to food insecurity in their communities. In the process, they transform their relationship to the food they eat, while developing the science and technology skills needed in a new green sector economy.
What We Believe In: Access to Healthy Food for All New Yorkers
Sixteen percent of New Yorkers are food insecure and undernourished and more than 1 million reside in “food desert” communities; 25% of these residents are children. Currently, NYC spends over $4 billion on healthcare related to poor diet/malnutrition and this number continues to grow.
Teens for Food Justice Has a Simple and Sustainable Solution to This Problem
This begins in the school cafeteria, where many children receive their most nutritious, and sometimes only, meal of the day. Our youth-run farms provide fresh produce daily for their schools’ cafeterias; the remainder is distributed affordably to the local community. Students also serve as health and wellness ambassadors to others. They become confident, proud leaders in a grassroots food justice movement in their own communities and trailblazers for a healthy, sustainable future for all.
Our philosophy is simple: Give someone a meal and you feed him or her for a day. Teach young people to lead a healthy food movement and you feed a community for a lifetime!