Changemakers on the Move

Changemakers on the Move

What does social entrepreneurship mean to 6th and 7th graders? TFFJ students at the Urban Assembly Unison school have an answer to that. Over the past few weeks, they have supported each other’s passion for healthy food and change-driven entrepreneurship—and refuse to be quiet about it.Inspired by leading women in… Read more

Girls Mean Business

Girls Mean Business

Many careers in science, technology, engineering, and math have above average earning potential and job security, but unfortunately girls are underrepresented in advanced STEM coursework, degree programs, and careers. Experts and women currently in STEM careers say the problem starts very early in grade school, where studies show that fields… Read more

Here’s How We Raised $60K for Food Justice

Here's How We Raised $60K for Food Justice

Teens for Food Justice Holiday Farmraiser $50K + 30 Days = 3 Farms and 60,000 lbs. of Produce… Read more

4 Ways That Poor Childhood Nourishment Can Affect Lifelong Health

4 Ways That Poor Childhood Nourishment Can Affect Lifelong Health

The Problem: Not Eating Enough, Period The Result: Developmental and Growth Problems By HuffPost Partner Studio Originally Published in HuffingtonPost   Here’s how a healthy diet can change your life. Nearly 3 million children die each year because of malnutrition, according to UNICEF. Malnutrition, or undernourishment, is a global problem, with… Read more

Kids Are Eating Nearly 200% More Fake Sugar

Kids Are Eating Nearly 200% More Fake Sugar

The number of children who eat or drink artificial sweeteners—like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin—has skyrocketed over the years, with a nearly 200% increase from 1999 to 2012, a new study shows. By Alexandra Sifferlin Originally Published in TIME     The survey results, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reveal… Read more

Are School Gardens Here to Stay?

Are School Gardens Here to Stay?

By Emma Cosgrove Originally Published in NYC Food Policy   In early October Michelle Obama added a paved walkway to the White House Garden. Additional stone and steel elements were added to the grounds so that changing or removing perhaps her most prominent achievement would be more noticeable, if not… Read more

These Food Heroes are Fighting Hunger and Promoting Justice

These Food Heroes are Fighting Hunger and Promoting Justice

The winners of the James Beard Foundation 2016 Leadership Award are working toward equity in the food system. By Elizabeth Grossman Originally Published in Civil Eats   The winners of this year’s James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards know there’s nothing easy about ending hunger and fighting for food justice. But… Read more

UA Unison School Farm Back in Action

UA Unison School Farm Back in Action

Teens for Food Justice is back in action at the Urban Assembly Unison School Farm in Brooklyn. During the first week, mentors and mentees alike were reminded that any fruitful farm starts with successful seeds and a healthy nutrient foundation.  Our new mentor team and returning TFFJ teens, who helped… Read more

Study: Urban Agriculture Good for Students, Community Health

Study: Urban Agriculture Good for Students, Community Health

A new study documents the educational, health, nutritional and other benefits of urban agriculture. (Pixabay) By Eric Galatas Originally Published in Public News Service   DENVER — Back to school for some can mean planting one last crop of vegetables in school gardens before the first frost arrives – and boosting… Read more

Going the Extra Mile for Healthy Food

Going the Extra Mile for Healthy Food

TFFJ Mentor, Khalilah Coombs, shares her experience growing up in Bed-Stuy and her hopes for transforming healthy food resources through youth engagement. I remember frequent trips to the health food store on Willoughby and Jay, with my dad. When he would take us, he’d always get these spicy blue corn… Read more

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