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close this bookExploding the Hunger Myths - High School Curriculum (FF, 1987, 173 p.)
close this folderLesson 8: Working together for change
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View the documentActivity 1: Brainstorming ways to end hunger
View the documentActivity 2: Letting people know how you feel
View the documentActivity 3: Food and hunger in your community
View the documentActivity 4: Fighting hunger in your community
View the documentActivity 5: Teaching others about hunger

Activity 4: Fighting hunger in your community

Students will research individual actions and community programs that fight hunger and compile a resource directory for distribution.

OBJECTIVES

· To investigate how the local community works against hunger
· To develop interviewing skills
· To produce a resource directory
· To distribute the directory

MATERIALS

· Paper
· Art supplies

EVALUATION
Student participation

PROCEDURE

1. Ask students to list any food- and hunger-related organizations or activities in the community. You might wish to make this an overnight assignment so they can discuss it with family and friends.

Suggest leads on where to find out what groups exist. Examples of community involvement include religious groups, government programs, community organizations, food cooperatives, labor unions, farmers' groups, community garden clubs, college groups, food banks, extension agencies, urban leagues, refugee groups, boycott groups, political action groups, neighborhood organizations, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters. Many times contacting one organization will lead to information on several others.

2. Assign individual students or small groups to research one of the groups suggested and write up to a page about the group or program.

3. Give students a week or two to arrange and carry out their interview. Suggest that they come up with questions before the interview. Several students can brainstorm questions before the interview.

4. Inform students that their write-up should contain the name of the program, name and position of person interviewed, activity, description of activity (who is served, what requirements do they have for people being served, what does the program do?), person to contact for information about the program (name, address, phone), and other organizations or programs recommended by the contact person.

5. After the first round of interviewing, you may want to assign a second round to follow up on new ideas.

6. When write-ups are completed, set aside a day to compile the directory. Discuss with students how they wish to organize it, for example by agency, by type of program, or alphabetically.

Ask for volunteers to design a cover and title for the directory. Other students can volunteer to proofread and make copies of the directory. If your school cannot help pay for this project, you might suggest some fund-raising activities to get enough money to print the directory.

7. Make copies for all class members and for all organizations listed.

8. Discuss with students some other places to distribute the directory. Libraries, courthouses, churches, synagogues, and social service agencies are just a few examples. Ask for volunteers to help distribute the copies.