Helping Others to Feed Themselves
Focus Question: How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes?
Students learn about a nutritiously balanced diet. They discover that all over the world there are people who are not able to provide this to their families. The class participates in the Heifer International’s Read-to-Feed Program.
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the USDA Food Pyramid and motivate the students to seek good nutrition.
In order to strengthen their understanding of nutrition, the students will plan a nutritionally balanced menu for one day.
To raise awareness of the needs of others who are unable to provide a balanced nutritious diet for their own families. Also to introduce the Heifer Project, which provides families with resources and education so they can have nutritious food and earn a living within their own communities.
To involve the children in a project to help families who don’t have resources for a balanced nutritious diet. Heifer International will send an actual animal to a family with the money the children raise. The gift helps families be more self-sufficient. The class may buy one family a flock of chicks for as little as $20. Goats, cows and other animals are more expensive.