Beginning on January 4th, middle school students at UA Unison will form a new Teens for Food Justice team, transforming a 600 sq. ft classroom into a working hydroponic farm and growing hundreds of pounds of produce annually for Bedford Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill children and families.
Food insecurity: an everyday reality at UA Unison
- 95 percent of its families live below the poverty line and are eligible for free lunch
- 15 percent of families in its community live in transitional housing
Situated in a neighborhood that is experiencing pockets of rapid gentrification, lower-income families on the border of Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy face the challenge of finding healthy, affordable food options in an area that has very few sources of fresh produce.
Student farmers will inspire grassroots change in their own community:
With Teens for Food Justice, this group of young teens will build and cultivate their school’s farm, becoming ambassadors for nutrition and food justice among their families and peers.
UA Unison students will be the first to participate in our new in-depth after school program, which will run three times weekly throughout the year. This new TFFJ program will be a key resource for youth-led and community-based advocacy for food equity in NYC.
Working in Unison: New Partnerships with WITS and Citizen Schools
Teens for Food Justice at Unison will join with two key organizations that work to enrich the health and academic success of its students.
The TFFJ after-school program forms a partnership with Citizen Schools, an organization that facilitates an expanded learning day at Unison, and in low-income middle schools across the country.
We are also looking forward to collaboration with Wellness in the Schools (WITS), which provides an alternative, healthy school lunch menu for Unison students through its Cook for Kids program. WITS inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Its programs serve approximately 30,000 public school children across New York City, Kentucky, and Florida.