TFFJ strives to eradicate food insecurity through youth-led community-based solutions and to end the cycle of diet-related disease and poor health outcomes that dramatically and disproportionately impact our low income communities, particularly those of color.
TFFJ works in Title 1 schools to train youth to become urban farmers who build and maintain indoor hydroponic farms that yield more than 10,000 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!