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Jennifer, 21


Jennifer, Connecticut

Jennifer is a firm believer in food justice - the notion that healthy, fresh food should be accessible to everyone. She noticed that many low-income residents of Frog Hollow, Hartford lacked access to grocery stores containing fresh produce and that these residents had higher rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity than the rest of Connecticut’s residents. In 2010, Jennifer started Summer of Solutions, a youth leadership development and food justice summer program in Frog Hollow.

She has recruited local volunteers to help her raise funds and build community gardens in open lots in Hartford, engaging the youth in the community and providing them with healthy options. Summer of Solutions also hosts community events and activities such as potlucks, arts week, and a free summer camp. Jennifer hopes to grow Summer of Solutions into a year-round program and to raise greater awareness about food justice issues and how they relate to social and environmental justice. As a food justice advocate, Jennifer believes that, “We can teach children that they have the power to provide for themselves and their families from the earth.”

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