Teens for Food Justice empowers youth in food-insecure communities to build an equitable, affordable food system for all. TFFJ builds school-based hydroponic farms throughout NYC, where students grow thousands of pounds of produce annually for their communities and learn and share nutrition and lifestyle skills that combat food insecurity and its negative impacts on health.
COVID-19 Food Crisis Response: Starting in March 2020, TFFJ quickly switched gears to ensure that more fresh, healthy produce is getting to communities across NYC that need it most. During the pandemic, TFFJ has helped to get over 2,000 free/reduced-priced Fresh Food Boxes to families in need across New York City! That is over 45,000 lbs of food!
Additionally, TFFJ launched our Food Justice Collective, remotely engaging over 400 students with home growing kits and free after-school programming.
$25 provides a family with a grocery bag filled with a fresh produce and healthy staples such as brown rice and beans for cooking nutritious food at home each week.
$50 provides a family with a two week supply of fresh produce and healthy staples such as brown rice and beans for cooking nutritious food at home.
$100 buys all necessary supplies and equipment for a healthy cooking demo to show students and families how to incorporate fresh produce from a TFFJ farm in their meals at home.
$250 sponsors one youth-led food justice and leadership conference that unites all TFFJ sites for students to share knowledge and develop their advocacy skills to work for better futures in their respective communities.
$500 supports one month of fresh healthy groceries for five families.
$1000 sends home hydroponic growing kits and curriculum to 30 students who are attending school remotely.
$2500 supports a full semester of after school nutrition, health and food justice advocacy leadership training for students across New York City.
$5,000 supports a workforce development opportunity in hydroponics for a Farmer-Educator, who is responsible for all student engagement in operating and managing TFFJ farms and food distributions and in co-teaching curriculum that ties the farm to STEM learning.
$10,000 buys one large vertical hydroponic growing system, producing more than 4,000 pounds of fresh, healthy produce per year.
“I didn’t know that in the areas where obesity is highest, people are the most food insecure. That sort of blew my mind.” — TFFJ Student