Activities and Curriculum

Below are numerous different ways to get younger generations involved in helping to fight against hunger and in aiding those who need it most. They are also excellent tools to teach about hunger, nutrition, and the inequalities within our world. The different activities and tools are listed below and separated by age group. There is also a detailed description of what each activity is.

Grades K-2

It is important to start teaching children from an early age how they can help make a difference.

  • Postcard Reflection
    • If the activities follow a food drive or volunteer experience have the students reflect on their volunteer experience

Grades 3-5

  • Activities
    • Helping Hands Activity
      • This activity allows students to reflect on what they learned about hunger.
    • What does it feel like to be hungry activity
      • This activity demonstrates that food is not distributed equally. Students will discuss their feelings about inequality, the myths surrounding hunger and the gap between the rich and poor.
    • Hunger Quiz with Answers
    • Rice Bowl Lesson- Why are people hungry
      • Students will use their hands, mind, and heart to explore the plight of world hunger.
    • Hunger Tree
      • A lesson exploring the root causes of hunger
      • This activity uses the image of a tree to help students understand the problem of “hunger” that may seem overwhelming and impossible to change at first. This Hunger Tree activity helps young people think though the problem and why it occurs. They also think together about actions that can be taken to help reduce the problem of hunger.
  • Talk about the purpose of a Food Pantry
    • Have the students do a Word Search, but also explain the terms used within and their purpose
  • Postcard Reflection
    • If the activities follow a food drive or volunteer experience have the students reflect on their volunteer experience

Grades 6-8

  • Explain how everyone isn’t equal and people are dealt different hands in life
    • Activities
      • Lifes Journey Game
        • This activity will demonstrate the effect of different circumstances on whether a person has enough money to make ends meet or not. The ‘chips’ in the game represent wealth, which is divided randomly between the participants and won or lost based on chance.
      • Rice Bowl Lesson- Multiplying Savings
        • Students will learn how saving small amounts of money over extended periods of time can add up to a substantial quantity of money.
      • Rice Bowl Lesson- Dividing the Booty
        • Building on the lesson “Multiplying Savings”, students will learn how the total savings can be divided up to feed a large number of hungry children.
      • Rice Bowl Lesson- percents and proportions
        • Students will determine the proportion of children in our classroom that would have HIV/AIDS, be illiterate, and live below the poverty level were they to live in the US, Haiti, India, or South Africa.
      • Hunger Quiz with Answers
      • Hunger Obstacle Course
        • A lesson in overcoming the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty
        • Hunger affects populations both globally and domestically. Students should be aware of the obstacles to food security and good levels of nutrition that many people face every day. Encouraging students to find solutions to these problems heightens their awareness of the issues, and enables them to realize that members of a community can help each other in concrete ways.
        • This activity engages participants in creative problem solving though a time-limited process of generating solutions to different hunger-related problems. Small groups of students circulate around the room and write down solutions to each of the hunger obstacles.
      • What can we do about malnutrition
        • A mock United Nations conference
        • Students will create a mock United Nations conference where they will address the issue of child malnutrition and how they plan on ending malnutrition.
  • Explain how everyone has a voice and should use that voice to express their opinions, feelings, etc.
    • Write letters to their congressman/congresswoman with Fast Facts
  • Postcard Reflection
    • If the activities follow a food drive or volunteer experience have the students reflect on their volunteer experience

High School

  • Activities
    • Lifes Journey Game
      • This activity will demonstrate the effect of different circumstances on whether a person has enough money to make ends meet or not. The ‘chips’ in the game represent wealth, which is divided randomly between the participants and won or lost based on chance.
    • Hunger Quiz and Answers
    • Hunger Obstacle Course
      • A lesson in overcoming the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty
      • Hunger affects populations both globally and domestically. Students should be aware of the obstacles to food security and good levels of nutrition that many people face every day. Encouraging students to find solutions to these problems heightens their awareness of the issues, and enables them to realize that members of a community can help each other in concrete ways.
      • This activity engages participants in creative problem solving though a time-limited process of generating solutions to different hunger-related problems. Small groups of students circulate around the room and write down solutions to each of the hunger obstacles.
  • Explain how everyone has a voice and should use that voice to express their opinions, feelings, etc.
    • Write letters to their congressman/congresswoman with Fast Facts
  • Postcard Reflection
    • If the activities follow a food drive or volunteer experience have the students reflect on their volunteer experience

Activities Packet

This is a large comprehensive packet containing numerous other activities and helpful materials for a large span of age groups.