NYC teens are fighting for healthy food access in their neighborhoods!
Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ) is a New York City not-for-profit that engages teens in the critical issues of food justice and sustainable, healthy food access in underserved communities. TFFJ trains youth to become urban farmers, and they build and maintain indoor hydroponic farms that yield more than 22,000 lbs. of fresh produce annually at each location. TFFJ school farms also serve as youth-led centers for nutrition and health outreach to local low-income, food desert communities.
Their work doesn’t stop in the classroom, though – TFFJ students joined the American Heart Association at our NYC Lobby Day on May 23rd to advocate for better access to healthy food in their neighborhoods! They followed up on those lobbying meetings back in the classroom with a letter writing campaign to their Council Members asking them to support initiatives that will help their local corner stores offer healthier food options to their communities.
AHA NYC is excited to work with these youth leaders in helping New Yorkers live the healthiest lives they can!
Photos courtesy of: Teens for Food Justice