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Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the World (6-8)
Unit of 3 lessons

Unit Overview:

Focus Question: How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes? 

Unit Purpose:

Students assess their personal diets and view pictures of families around the world with the food they eat in a week. Through awareness and discussion, they view cultural and regional differences. They assess community and or world needs associated with food and health and plan and carry out a service project to address these needs.

Unit Duration:

Three 45-Minute Sessions, plus time to carry out a service project

Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • identify the sources of the foods that they eat.
  • explain why food choices are limited by resources, culture, and geography.
  • compare and contrast their health habits/food choices with habits of others locally and globally.
  • explain how their health choices are related to global issues.
  • reflect on personal responsibility for people who do not have sufficient food.
  • identify how the four economic sectors (government, business, nonprofit, and household) can address the issue of food insecurity.
  • plan a service project to address the issue of food insecurity
  • reflect on their service-learning process.
  • demonstrate the impact of their action.

Service Experience:

Although lessons in this unit contain service project examples, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.

Students identify a need related to food insecurity and plan and carry out a service project related to that issue.

Bibliographical References:


Feeding America
Scroll over the different states to see their hunger statistics and compare:
Practice basic skills while earning rice for hungry people worldwide:
Heifer International
A nonprofit that provides livestock and training to families in need.
Time Magazine, “What the World Eats” (Time Magazine photo essay)
Visual look at what people of different nations and cultures eat on a daily basis.
World Health Organization Hunger Factsheet
Uplifting and concerning facts about the current state of international hunger. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs290/en/index.html
USDA “Food Pyramid”
A visual diagram of our nation’s current dietary suggestions.
USDA “A Close Look at My Pyramid.”
In-depth analysis of how the food pyramid can be used for your own dietary purposes.

State Curriculum and Philanthropy Theme Frameworks:

See individual lessons for benchmark detail.

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