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Host a Food Drive

Students will host a food drive to help hungry people in the community. They will donate the food they collect to a local food bank.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, discuss what a food bank is and how it provides food to hungry people.
  2. Invite a representative from a local food bank to visit the class so students can gain a better understanding of what food banks do. If there is no organization like this in your area, challenge students to identify a group that could help them start a food bank. Invite someone from that group to visit the class to explore how this could be done.
  3. Working in conjunction with the food bank representative, encourage students to create a plan to host a food drive. Guide them as they work through the details of how, where and when they will collect food. Remind them that they must advertise the event prior to collection day and they must have a place to store and distribute food after it is collected. In addition, they will need a steady stream of volunteers to get the work done.
  4. Once the details are ironed out, put the plan into action as students host their first annual food drive.

ASSESSMENT:

After the food drive is over, hold a class discussion to recap what happened. Encourage students to share ideas for improving their next food drive.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Organize the event yourself. Require each student to participate. After the event, encourage students to identify one thing they can do to help hungry people in your community.
Grades 5-6:
Invite students to help you organize the event. Require each student to participate. After the event, encourage students to identify three things they can do to help hungry people in your community.
Grades 7-8:
Once you have identified a local organization to work with, divide the class into small groups. Assign each group a specific part of the project. Supervise as groups plan the step-by-step process for completing their tasks. You may wish to work with other classes or expand this into an all-school project. After students complete the food drive, encourage them to write an evaluation summarizing how they did and outlining additional ways they can help hungry people in your community.
Grades 9-10:
Once you have identified a local organization to work with, encourage students to select a team of supervisors. Each supervisor will oversee a specific part of the project. All other students will work in small groups to complete specific tasks. Encourage teams to outline the step-by-step process for completing their tasks so the overall project flows as seamlessly as possible. You may wish to work with other classes or expand this into an all-school project. Encourage students to enlist the help of parents, siblings and other community members as well. After students complete the food drive, encourage them to write an evaluation summarizing how they did and outlining additional ways they can help hungry people in your community.