Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Political Action

New Haven Food Policy Council's Youth Coalition is a group of teens from multiple schools and communities in New Haven, Connecticut engaged in the work of the NHFPC and in improving food issues in their communities. The NHFPC partners with individual teens and organizations working with youth to create a space for youth to have a voice and take action on important food issues. The Youth Coalition is currently focused on community gardens, cooking education, and school food.

Toronto Youth Food Policy Council is the first youth-run food policy council in the world and reserves permanent seats for youth. The council provides a forum to discuss food issues, promotes coordination between sectors in the food system, analyzes and weighs food policy, and helps to sustain municipal programs. It assists the establishment of a fair food system by engaging youth politically and environmentally and offers three membership options: council member, community member, and committee member. The food issue focus areas are cultural awareness in food practices, food literacy and education, food waste, growing urban agriculture, improving urban food security, issues in industrial agriculture, and supporting local farms. Want to volunteer?

Youth Food Policy Council is a collaboration between La Semilla and Colonias Development Council that spreads awareness to young people about the barriers that limit access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food in New Mexico. Ten youth from several rural communities in Doña Ana County participate in weekly lessons to explore the local food system, food policy issues, media literacy, direct growing experiences, and visits to various sites representing different aspects of the food chain. Youth also engage with community activists, university professors, and public officials to learn about sustainability, farm workers’ rights, and explore how change can be made through policy and advocacy.

The Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council’s Youth Food Policy Council focuses on youth policy engagement. Teens from local schools and non-profits meet quarterly to participate in community service and discuss action steps for the annual youth council policy objective.

Youth Food Bill of Rights was created by Rooted In Community National Network, a national grassroots network that empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities. Visit the YouTube page.

  1. We have the right to culturally affirming food. We demand the preservation, protection and reconstruction of traditional farming, cultural history and significance of food and agriculture. We demand that indigenous peoples have the right to establish their own autonomous food systems should they choose.
  2. We have the right to sustainable food. We demand an end to the mistreatment of animals and the environment that is caused by our current food system.
  3. We have the right to nutritional education. We demand government funding to educate and inform youth and parents about nutrition. Education on things such as seasonal eating, organic farming, sustainability, and diet related illness should be provided so that people can make better informed decisions. We recommend that schools recognize youth lead fitness programs as tools for success.
  4. We have the right to healthy food at school. We the youth demand more healthy food choices in our schools, and in schools all over the world. We want vending machines out of schools unless they have healthy choices. We need healthier school lunches that are implemented by schools with the ingredients decided on by the youth. We demand composting in schools and in our neighborhoods.
  5. We have the right to genetic diversity and GMO-free food. We the youth call for the termination of Genetically Modified seeds, plants, and produce. We demand a policy from the government all that ends GMO’s, no exceptions.