This implementation plan describes the work done by the Urban Institute Housing Opportunities and Services Together (HOST) team to pilot a Teen Food Literacy Program in Chicago’s Altgeld Gardens, a public housing development. Using lessons learned and a previous program in Portland, Oregon, as a template, Urban received support from the Chicago Community Trust to help coordinate a pilot of a teen-focused intervention to reduce the risks of food insecurity. Working with the Chicago Housing Authority, Metropolitan Family Services, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the project’s goals were to reduce the stigma associated with seeking food assistance, increase food literacy, and empower teens to be leaders in community change. The Chicago pilot had two main components: an update to the Teen Food Literacy Program curriculum and a monthly teen-led food distribution event.
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