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The Food Project's mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. Our community produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities, and inspires and supports others to create change in their own communities.
The Food Project envisions a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and everyone has access to fresh, local, healthy, affordable food.
The Food Project brings together youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to learn through and across their differences to build capacity as powerful agents of change. Bridging the demographic groups of race, class, and geography that so often divide us, high school-aged youth at The Food Project come together with shared purpose to gain leadership skills, practice communicating across difference, and grow healthy food for those in need.
We welcome more than 120 teenagers from across eastern Massachusetts on our 70 acres of urban and suburban farmland in a three-tiered, year-round, youth leadership development program. Our youth power our programs by building and managing growing spaces for residents in food-insecure neighborhoods and growing more than 200,000 pounds of food annually for donation to hunger relief and to supply our SNAP-accessible farmers markets. We lead food system change, building locally owned supply chains for healthy food in the under-resourced communities of the Dudley neighborhood of Boston and the City of Lynn.