Food Waste and Food Insecurity in NJ

Almost one-third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted. That equates to approximately 1.3 billion tons of food per year! Meanwhile, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans are food insecure, a figure that includes approximately 12 million children and 40 million people overall.


High School Food Recovery Internship

Are you are a high schooler interested in environmental justice, food justice, or economic justice? We need your help!

The new Food Recovery Internship is looking for New Jersey high school students that want to make a difference. Do you know that 1 in 5 children in the United States are food insecure, yet more than a third of all the food in this country is thrown away every year? Help us make sure food served in your schools stays out of the landfill and helps feed others. Together, we can help take care of our planet while also providing for our communities.

Program Overview:

  • Commitment from December 2019-June 2020
  • Develop organizing, advocacy, and communication skills
  • Learn about the relationship between food waste and food insecurity and what you can do to help
  • Organize a School Food Waste and Recovery Program in your school district
  • Participate in four training webinars and work with other student council members to share experiences
  • Join a cohort of other teens from across the state to collaborate and learn with
  • Produce at least one engagement/informational opportunity to teach others about your work, such as an article, a poster, an assembly for younger students, or a social media campaign.

Applications are due December 8th at 11:59 pm. All applicants will hear back by December 13th. The first webinar will be held December 18th.

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Email Jason Flatt at with any questions.

Looking to make a difference in your community? Join the Food Recovery Internship program.

Apply Now – Applications due December 8th at 11:59pm.

Email Jason Flatt at with any questions.

Apply Now