Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Teaching Children About Hunger and Hope

I've joined my fellow bloggers at BlogCatalog in conjunction with Heifer International for Bloggers Unite for Hunger and Hope. Bloggers have united to write posts on the problem of world hunger to educate and spread the word about the seriousness of the problem.

I wanted to focus on how we can teach our children about the problems of world hunger. Seeing the problems first hand is a great way for kids to realize that there are other children and people around the world who can not for various reasons get enough food to eat. Our family traveled to Tanzania, Africa last year where we visited a hospital that had their own section for the malnourished. Our girls encountered people begging for food, not something they see everyday in our community. Since we've been back in the states, they have had a great desire to reach out and help those who are hungry.

Travel to another country is not often possible, but almost every community has a food center or a soup kitchen that you can visit and help out by giving food donations or helping serve meals. Getting the kids involved will help them see the problem and give them a desire to help find solutions.

Here are some links that I found on the web that would be helpful in studying world hunger:

1. Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger is a site that provides lesson plans for teaching about world hunger. Lesson plans and activities are divided into three levels: primary, intermediate, and secondary. This site provides a world hunger map so that students can view where hunger is most concentrated.

2. Kids Can Make a Difference provides a teacher guide, hunger quiz, and hunger facts.

3. Food Force has a free educational online video game telling the story of a hunger crisis on the fictitious island of Sheylan. "Comprised of 6 mini-games or missions, the game takes young players from an initial crisis assessment through to delivery and distribution of food aid, with each sequential mission addressing a particular aspect of this challenging process". We've not personally had a chance to try this game, but we do have plans to use it in our study of world hunger.

If there are other great sites that you know of that teach children about the problem of world hunger, please include a link in your comments.


  1. I love your research and ideas. Our kids know first hand what it is like to go with not enough to eat. However, it has been so long ago, well, a couple of years, that I think reminding them that there are still kids and families out there with less food than we had would be a great idea!!!

  2. Great thoughtful post, Gayle. Two of our grand kids live with us and it is something I can do to help little ones learn about world hunger. However, I like the fact that you mentioned that we don't have to go far to find hungry people. Our church supports the local food pantry which is busier than ever now.

  3. What a great post on teaching children about the hungry in our world. I, too joined fellow bloggers uniting for hunger and hope and am so glad I did.
    When you reach the children you really reach the world because they are most certainly the leaders of the future.
    Thanks for your insight on this one & have a great week. :)


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