Children learn about people in the world who are starving or experiencing food insecurity and how food is distributed. They discuss what it feels like to be hungry and read about the work of soup kitchens and other efforts to bring food to people who are hungry. They determine how they will help address hunger and starvation locally or globally, and reflect on these service opportunities.
Four 30-Minute Sessions, Plus time to carry out a service project
The learner will:
Children may work in a soup kitchen or hold a food drive to collect foods for a local charity or hold a fundraiser to collect money to donate to a food organization. They may develop a creative performance that raises awareness or teaches others about the issue. Due to the ages of the children, these activities will need adult assistance. Discuss ways that the children can get their parents and facilitators involved in charities and fundraisers, and how they can work with other adults to provide for their communities. Plant the seed for future service by developing these ideas early on.
Be sensitive to students in the class who might be experiencing food insecurity themselves.
DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne. Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. NY: HarperCollins, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-0688152857
Feeding America--Scroll over the different states to see their hunger statistics and compare:
See individual lessons for benchmark detail.
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