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Leading Youth, Connecting Communities

Briana before a build day.
Briana before a build day.
In August, The Food Project embarked on its second year as the Massachusetts host site for FoodCorps, a national nonprofit organization that works with schools to create a healthier school food environment. What follows is the fourth of a series of blogs profiling the FoodCorps members who are serving at The Food Project during the 2012-13 school year.

 

As a young child, stomach problems and other food sensitivities forced FoodCorps service member Briana Iacovetta to think frequently about what was in her food and how it affected her body. Over the years of reading ingredient labels and shopping at health food stores, she cultivated a strong interest in food and health. Now, Briana serves as a FoodCorps service member with The Food Project in Lynn, Mass.

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A Poem for The Food Project

Lucas (center, green) and His 2012 Summer Crew
Lucas (center, green) and His 2012 Summer Crew
The following poem was written by Food Project youth intern Lucas Munson. Lucas first joined The Food Project in the summer of 2011 as a crew worker in our Summer Youth Program. He participated in the 2011-12 Academic Year Program, worked as an assistant crew leader during the summer of 2012, and is now an intern. We are proud to announce that The Food Project will be submitting Lucas' poem as a proposal for the CTK Foundation's Heart and Soul Grant. Thank you, Lucas, for your beautiful words.

 

 

 

I remember them telling us,
The city is too loud
And the country is too quiet,
Your words will never be heard.

We responded with a carrot in the dirt,
The rolled up sleeves of a sweaty shirt.
We seized pitchforks like we'd revolt,
And planted gardens as loud as hope.

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Summer Youth Program Applications Available!


Do you like being outdoors, meeting new people, and working hard? Are you looking to make some money this summer? We are pleased to announce that the application for The Food Project's Summer Youth Program is now available!

The Food Project's Summer Youth Program brings together teenagers from diverse cultural, racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds to work on our urban and suburban farmland in Boston, Lincoln, and on the North Shore of eastern Massachusetts. Teens work on our farms, sell food at farmers' markets, work at hunger relief organizations, prepare and serve community lunches, and participate in workshops on topics such as diversity, sustainable agriculture, and personal finance.

All applicants must be 14 years old by January 1, 2013 and must not turn 18 before August 15, 2013. The application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2013

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