Local Kids “Make Choices” About Hunger

September 25, 2014 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

In a classroom at Breck Middle School in Golden Valley, Minn., a student stacks 15 candies on top of each other with care, preparing for the moment when he could enjoy them.

The classroom just finished the “Making Choices” budget simulation activity from the Guide to Hands-on Learning, a collection of educational activities Second Harvest Heartland created to teach kids about hunger.

In “Making Choices,” a roll of candies represents the budget that a family of four has to spend on meeting basic needs like housing, transportation and food. The activity helps students imagine what hungry seniors, families and children are experiencing so they understand the impact volunteering can have more deeply.

As the kids play, they quickly realize their candy budget simply wouldn’t cover all their needs and debate how they should allocate their funds.

“I guess I’m going without healthcare,” one of the students said, pushing more candies to housing so his family could afford a two-bedroom home.

This opens up a discussion with the students as to how the cost of food is connected to other needs like housing, transportation and childcare. After the students plan their budgets, they discuss how the cost of food is connected to other needs like housing, transportation and childcare.

You can find the full Guide to Hands-on Learning here and use these activities to teach youth about fighting hunger.

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