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Food

The type of food we eat, where it comes from, how it was produced, and where we buy our food products, all play a part in the climate crisis. This is because producing food requires natural resources, like land and water, and also generates greenhouse gas emissions during food processing and shipping. The following YCA projects are focused on creating sustainable food systems within their local communities. 

Vegan Food for a Sustainable Future

Community Impact Project Leads – Alexandra Bieser, Chloe Khachadourian, Ujala Chauhan (Carlmont High School) 

Project Description: In this project, students took on the challenge of educating their peers on nutrition alternatives to meat to reduce waste and greenhouse gasses associated with climate change. They created an Instagram page for vegetarian and vegan recipes along with hosting an in person event during lunch at Carlmont High School to hand out vegan pizza and vegan cookies. 

Read Alexandra’s Case Study

Read Chloe’s Case Study

Read Ujala’s Case Study

Homeless Heroes Food Redistribution Project

Community Impact Project Lead – Colin Chu (The Nueva School) 

Project Description: In this project, a student worked with a local resource and support facility (LifeMoves) to create an established and sustainable system to donate excess food from their school site to people in need. This project has the ability to expand to other schools and resource facilities throughout San Mateo County as well. 

Read Colin’s Case Study

COMMUNITY GARDEN AND EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AT MEADOW HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Community Impact Project Leads – Caroline Lim, Emily Duncan, Olivia Murray and Roisin Scallon (Hillsdale High School)

Project Description: For this project, this group of students came together to establish a community garden at an elementary school many Hillsdale residents attend. Using the familiar campus set up and established relationships with staff and administration, this group was not only able to design and implement a community garden at Meadow Heights but they took this project one step further to offer continued climate change education workshops at the garden site throughout the fall 2021 semester. 

Read Caroline’s Case Study

Read  Emily’s Case Study

Read Olivia’s Case Study

Read  Roisin’s Case Study

FOOD SYSTEMS EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

Community Impact Project Leads – Alison Coffman and Kaia Henderson (Hillsdale High School)

Project Description: For this project, Alison and Kaia researched local food deserts to identify the problem of food insecurity in their community. Based on this research, this group identified a plot to establish a community garden to include edible food items. This garden is meant to function as a source of food and education in the community of what it looks like to live more sustainably. 

Read Alison’s Case Study

Read Kaia’s Case Study 

SUSTAINABLE FOOD: MEATLESS MONDAYS

Community Impact Project Leads – Adrienne Park (The Nueva School)

Project Description: This project worked to restore Meatless Mondays (for when students are back on campus at The Nueva School) and helped to educate the Nueva community about the effects of eating meat (during remote learning and beyond). In previous years the lunch system at the Nueva School followed Meatless Mondays in hopes of reducing the negative environmental impact of school meals. However, there was a lack of education around the positive impacts eating less meat brings, and thus many students were not receptive to the initiative. Learn more about Adrienne’s project below.

Read Adrienne’s Case Study

FEEDING SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH GARDENING

Community Impact Project Leads – Katinka Lenneman & Mira Bhatt (Carlmont High School)

Project Description: Katinka and Mira’s project set out to spread awareness about local gardening and composting as well as educating younger students on sustainable food systems. Together, they built a garden at a local elementary school and hosted three separate hands-on and socially distanced workshops with students to teach them about the impacts of climate change on our food systems and gain experience working in a garden. Learn more about Katinka and Mira’s project below.

Read Katinka’s Case Study

Read Mira’s Case Study

THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF OUR DIETS

Community Impact Project Leads –Annika Kaval (Menlo Atherton High School)

Project Description: For Annika’s project, she worked to educate the people in her community about food production and what people can do in their daily life to combat climate change. To do this, she was able to secure a spot at the Menlo Park Farmers Market and set up a booth to start conversations with others around the environmental impact of the food we eat and also shared how our diets can be a big solution to combat the impacts of climate change. Learn more about Annika’s project below.

Read Annika’s Case Study

YCA Food Community Projects