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The Food Project's Farm at Ingalls Elementary in Lynn
The Food Project's Farm at Ingalls Elementary in Lynn
The following blog was written by Food Project intern Josh Hill. Josh is 17 years old and lives in Marblehead, Mass. He participated in The Food Project's Summer Youth Program in 2011, and went on to participate in the Academic Year Program and Internship Program.

 

Hi, I’m Josh Hill from Marblehead and I’ve been with The Food Project since 2011.

The amount of support I have found at The Food Project never ceases to amaze me. I feel like I am constantly being pushed upward, encouraged to jump high, work hard, and stay strong. Whether I want to change the world or one life, The Food Project has given me strength to make a difference.

The Food Project was the first place to tell me that my work was worth something, that if I was willing I could affect someone’s life in a meaningful way. I had always wanted to help people, and yet up until I joined The Food Project I couldn’t believe that the effort I put into something could really translate into a difference in anyone’s life; after all, I am only a teenager. However, after harvesting, washing, and packaging squash to be sent to home-bound seniors, I realized that I could make a difference. The Food Project gave me the tools to grow food and the support and empowerment to go out and do it.

The support The Food Project offered me didn’t stop at work. The community offered tremendous amounts of emotional support that I never expected. The past year had been a rough time for me. Yet somehow, every time I came to work I couldn’t help smiling. I could smile because when I saw my coworkers I knew that even if the sky did fall, they would never let it crush me. When I was weak, they gave me the strength to change a life.

This week I saw someone make peace with themself after over a year of struggle that I supported them through. If there is a truer happiness than to know my actions have helped another life find peace, then I haven’t found it yet.

Now, I am glad to say that I have found that peace in myself as well, and it is thanks to the support of The Food Project.

Thank you, for everything.

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