Hunger is something most kids will understand. Everyone can relate the feeling of a hungry tummy from time to time. We can broaden our kids understanding of true hunger by helping them learn about the people around the world that feel those tummy rumbles and don’t have access to a snack or meal like most of us do.
- If you didn’t have dinner would it be hard to sleep that night?
- If you didn’t have breakfast would you have trouble concentrating in school?
- How would you feel if you didn’t have a lunch to bring to school?
- If you had a week where there wasn’t much food at home, would you begin to feel worried about having enough?
Talk about root causes of hunger:
- climate change
- famine and floods
- rising food costs
Help older children understand common misconceptions about hunger:
- WIC in the United States helps with supplementing woman, infants and children, school lunch programs, school breakfast programs, and summer lunch programs.
- SNAP Myths and general information.
Whenever we talk to our kids about justice issues we can be positive, because there are so many ways we can help! Even though the topics can be heavy, we can make a difference, and that’s something to be excited about!
The Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by: Peter Menzel
Beatrice’s Goat by: Paige McBriar with Heifer International
One Hen by: Katie Smith Milway
The Good Garden by: Katie Smith Milway
21 Ways to Take Action!
- Host a No Kid Hungry Bake Sale
- Map the Meal Gap lets you look at hunger statistics for your county.
- Know where your town’s Food Pantry is located.
- Find a Feeding America Location near you and serve as a family (many distribute food monthly from church parking lots)
- Watch Lily, her Mom and No Kid Hungry
- 10 Faces of Food Assistance with the World Food Programme Slideshow
- Bring Heifer International’s Read to Feed to your kids school.
- Read the World Ark Magazine together on-line or via app
- Watch the documentary film A Place at the Table
- Rice 2.0 quizzed on vocabulary and other subjects 10 grains of rice is donated for every correct answer.
- Watch the true story that inspired the Good Garden Maria’s Journey
- Watch the Story of Hungry.
- A great list of Most Needed Food Pantry items; shop and donate together
- Cook a meal together for someone who is ill, a single mom, the elderly, a new parent or anyone in need.
- Deliver or mail a surprise grocery gift card to someone in a tough place.
- Participate in the Stone Soup Activity with Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
- Download the Cooking Matters Kids Handouts
- Download these activity and coloring sheets from Canadian Foodgrains Bank: staple foods, rain, livestock, Harold and the goat, Haleema’s Chapattis, food assistance, disasters, deserts, Tanisha and changing weather, hunger facts, and even more educational resources here.
- Try the World Renew Feed Your Fish App to help world hunger.
- Use the great resources from Food for Thought from Sesame Street for younger kids.
- Download a world hunger map from the World Food Programme here.
We have a new Pinterest board called Kids #TalkJustice where I will be pinning many of the resources featured in this series.
Do you twitter? Here is a Hunger List to follow.
I really hope to hear from you all week long! Tell us about your conversations! What resources did you try? What did your kids teach you?
Next Week… Clean Water and Summer Justice Play Groups.