New Brunswick, New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ Elijah's Promise Population: 57,073
Project focus: Access to foods that support healthy eating patterns

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Elijah’s Promise, with partners in youth services and education, will build on the community’s past success in food-related community initiatives and engage new partners and youth leaders to help identify community needs.

This novel initiative will work to launch a paid internship program for New Brunswick high school students called “Your Food, Your Choice.” The internships will train students in justice-based advocacy and civic action and enable them to become active participants in efforts to improve the school district’s food system. Students will lead projects, such as school food waste and recovery, food and nutrition education, and a school garden program. They’ll also have the opportunity to delve into their creative minds and implement their own food system advocacy projects. The project also aims to develop a student advisory community on school food systems and a uniform nutrition program for New Brunswick public schools. New Brunswick’s work will showcase the importance of youth leadership in tackling some of the county’s most pressing needs!

Goals: 

  • Engage and educate high school students to civically engage with their school food system
  • Implement institutional-level changes that improve the school food system and food education in students’ school districts