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About the Youth Steering Committee

The Plant Powered Youth Steering Committee (YSC), an initiative from Chilis on Wheels and Friends of the Earth, is the youth arm of the Healthy Future Students and Earth Coalition. Founded in 2022, the YSC advocates for plant-based, climate-friendly, and culturally appropriate options in K-12 schools through grassroots advocacy, policy engagement, and education.

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2023 Youth Steering Committee

Key Accomplishments of the Youth Steering Committee 


  • Initiated  a national comment campaign to collect public comments from students, organizations, schools, caregivers, and food service workers in favor of new child nutrition meal patterns that facilitate more plant-based options and plant-forward school menus. 

  • Coordinated the first-ever youth-led plant-based school food D.C. Fly-In, where they organized 34 Capitol Hill meetings with Congressional staffers where students asked their representatives to support the Healthy Future Students and Earth Act, oppose the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, oppose the EATS Act, support the Equitable, Values Aligned Procurement Act, and support the Farm Systems Reform Act. Students also met with USDA officials and the White House to urge their support for more plant-based school meal options, and met with Congressman Jaamal Bowman to thank him for introducing the Healthy Future Students and Earth Act. Check out their blog on this experience. 

  • Sent a letter to USDA urging the agency to do all within their power to help school districts meet the growing demand for plant-based school foods. 

  • Completed a wide range of personal projects, from local campaigns to add plant-based options to school menus, to research reports, to social media projects. 


  • Organized a listening session with  USDA officials to share their testimonies and speak about the positive impacts of including plant-based foods in schools.

  • Developed a petition to collect youth, teacher, and parent testimonies in favor of provisions they helped secure in a House child nutrition bill that would expand plant-based school meals and non-dairy milk options. 

  • Attended the White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition and initiated a letter to the White House about the importance of centering youth voices.

  • Met with 30+ Capitol Hill offices in support of policies to expand access to plant-based school food.

  • Published blogs and op-eds about their experiences advocating for plant-based school food.

  • Campaigned for new plant-based options in their own school districts.

  • Created a Healthy Future Students and Earth Act video challenge.

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