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This set of activities could serve to introduce students to the idea of food insecurity-the idea that many people go without enough food, even in our own neighborhoods.
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intro/lead in

1. The instructor may start this project by bringing up the topic of food insecurity in connection with discussions about nutrition in health class. Students may be asked to discuss why someone might not be able to get the nutrition they need and what happens in this case. The instructor may then read one or more books with the students that reflect on this issue.

a. For instance, instructor and students may read : 

DiSalvo, DyAnne. Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1991. Print.


research methods: interviewing and recording

1. The instructor and students may discuss what it means to interview someone. The instructor may explain that this is a good way to learn different perspectives or experiences of others. The instructor may also have students interview each other for practice. For this exercise students may break into partners, ask each other a set of questions, record each others' answers. Students may then form small groups by joining a few sets of partners. Then each student in each small group could report to the rest of the group what they learned about their original partner.

2. The students and instructor may then revisit books they read concerning food insecurity and brainstorm questions they could ask characters to learn more about their experience.  


final project

1. Using information gathered in interviews on the field trip, students may create a report on the field trip site. Based on the questions the students were assigned to ask on the field trip, students may be broken into groups to work together on certain parts of the report. For instance, the report could take the form of a book with pages for each topic.


field trip

1. The students and instructor may visit a nearby soup kitchen or food pantry or a community garden that serves low income people and interview a few people there.

   a. Students may be broken into small groups, with one representative from the site (e.g. soup kitchen). Each student may be assigned certain questions to ask and for which to record answers.

      i. Questions would vary depending on the site, but could include questions like, “Who works here?”, “Who comes here to eat?” (soup kitchen), “What plants are growing in this garden?” (community garden), “Where does this food come from?” (food pantry)


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