How do you think grocery stores could cut down on food waste?
Do you think it would be practical or even possible to have a food waste grocery store in the United States? Why or why not?
What do you think about the supermarket's pay-as-you-can policy? What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks?
What do you think it would take to bring the food waste supermarket concept to the United States? Do you think it would be able to operate using the same pay-as-you-can method? Why or why not?
- As a class, discuss what a food bank is and how it provides food to hungry people.
- 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.
- Encourage students to identify the types of food most needed in your area. Challenge them to identify local sources where some of these foods could be collected and distributed to people in need. Possibilities include local restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals and even leftover food from the school cafeteria.
- Then, working in conjunction with the food bank representative, encourage students to brainstorm ideas for how to support the local food bank or create one of their own. Guide them as they work through details of how, when and where to collect food and how to best get it to the people who need it. Once the details are ironed out, put the plan into action.
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Read this Smithsonian Magazine article to learn why canned goods are taking a backseat to freshly grown produce at some food banks.
In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students will create a new design for a school garden. Students will decide which plants will best grow in the local climate. They will identify how much sunlight the garden will receive and analyze how that affects their choice of plants. They will draw the proposed garden space.
A team of Washington University students has a plan to tackle food insecurity. They want to use postal workers to pick up food, deliver it to food banks and even store it in post offices. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn more about their plan.
The looming threat of extinction from climate change makes the lack of diversity in the world’s food supplies a dangerous prospect. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn why.
In this teacher-created lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students design a community garden to benefit the hungry in the community.
Read this Smithsonian article to get different viewpoints from two farmers as they discuss organic farming, GMOs and farm technology.
In this lesson, students design a system of community-supported agriculture (CSA). The lesson includes such math applications as measurement and geometry.