Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (3-5)
Students learn about the importance and privilege of making healthy and sustainable food choices. They understand that many people in the world do not have the choice of what to eat due to food insecurity.
Students identify the USDA food guide as a source for guidelines about eating a nutritionally balanced diet. They identify foods and categorize them by food group in a game. My Plate and the guidelines were designed for consumers of food in the United States and might not be an appropriate guide for all regions of the world.
Students define food insecurity and scarcity of resources. They use problem-solving to share a scarce resource. Students work in groups to discuss how to be good caretakers of scare resources, such as food, water, and fuel. Then they discuss how these choices affect global issues.
Students recognize examples of food waste and understand that waste has an impact beyond themselves. They learn that many people in the world do not have the choice of what to eat due to food insecurity. They read about a girl in Uganda whose hungry family received the gift of a goat through Heifer International. Students will brainstorm some ways that they can address local and global food insecurity and take action.