After years of building partnerships, capacity, and opportunities within and between programs across CT, the Youth Food Program Alliance is gaining ground in their efforts to increase justice in the state’s food system. Through the work done within this coalition, young leaders have connected their agricultural and culinary work to critical comprehension of the food system and social change efforts. They have presented at regional food and farming conferences, and are changing the discussion about what it means to have a “good school lunch”.
The Alliance is expanding their focus to take more tangible steps toward addressing what is meant by the term “food justice”. Young leaders are identifying needs in their communities and planning how to meet them with assets they may not have considered before. They are building their own professional skills and connections to increase their options for employment in a rapidly changing workforce. By improving connections within and between their communities, these young leaders are forging new plans to improve CT’s food system for everyone.