Posted by: MM | November 3, 2011

Healthy Food Choice – Philly’s 19 year old, an advocate for change

Matthew Johnson, 19, helped write the first Youth Food Bill of Rights.

Matthew Johnson, 19, helped write the first Youth Food Bill of Rights. Photo Courtesy: Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel, Philadelphia Inquirer

“There are teenagers who prefer apples and tossed salads over sodas and fries – and not because they are dieting. Matthew Johnson, 19, a June graduate of University City High School, is Exhibit A. Johnson and his older brother and sister live with their mother, a kidney patient on dialysis 11 hours a day, in a rowhouse they share with four aunts and uncles.

He grew up on a food-stamps subsistence diet – eating what he thought was easy and cheap – hot dogs, canned stews, chips. Gradually, through a youth development program that engages, educates, and empowers through the familiarity we all share with food, Johnson learned how much more nourishing a meal can be on a food-stamp budget.

And now he is an advocate for change.”

Read the full story by Dianna Marder, Philadelphia Inquirer 

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