6 Ways to Talk About Hunger with Family During the Holidays

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November 13, 2017 By: JT Pinther Category: SHH News

No matter what holidays you celebrate, they are a time for celebration, often around a table with your family. Perhaps it’s one of the only times of year everyone gets together.

It may not be the easiest topic to bring up over a holiday meal, but talking about hunger with loved ones is one of the best ways to raise awareness. Telling your family about the issue of hunger right here in Minnesota and western Wisconsin can make an enormous impact. With just one conversation, you could help inspire action to help end hunger for hundreds of families.

To help make a hard topic a little bit easier to bring up, we put together a list of ideas on how to bring up the conversation.

How to talk about hunger with family during the holidays

  1. You don’t have to be an expert. First and foremost, you don’t have to know everything about hunger to talk about it. You don’t need to be able to rattle off stats if you don’t want to—what’s important is that there is hunger here in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, and it’s important enough to YOU to bring it up to your family. But, if you want to be more informed before you start your conversation, learn more about hunger on our Hunger Facts page.
  2. Tell a story. Hunger is a topic that may be hard to connect with if someone has never experienced it themselves. Many people have a more meaningful understanding if they hear about a real person’s experiences. Our blog has many stories about hungry neighbors right here in our community. Here are a few examples: Brenda | Yolawnda | Ricky
  3. Talk about why you care. Try telling your family why YOU care about hunger. This may be the most important part of this list. What about hunger resonates with you or inspires you to take action with Second Harvest Heartland and spread awareness? Do you know someone personally who’s struggled with hunger before? Is child hunger something that particularly drives you because of the love you have for your kids?
  4. Bring it up conversationally. For many families, the holidays aren’t too serious—they may be playful or silly or have a pleasant and familiar chaos. That setting may not make sense for a serious presentation about hunger issues. Try talking about it casually—maybe something your family talks about over dinner reminds you of a story you read (see #2 above). You could briefly talk about that story and how it gives you hope that as a community, we are doing important work in the fight to end hunger.
  5. It doesn’t have to be a soapbox. If you’re afraid of sounding like you’re giving a lecture, maybe you can invite other members of your family to share something that has meant a lot to them too. You could all share something that’s important to each of you.
  6. End with action. Your goal in sharing what you know about hunger is not to make the holidays sad for your family. One of the best ways to turn the hard parts around is to turn them into action. This is a great opportunity to ask your family members to join you to volunteer, host a Food & Fund Drive or become Monthly Givers as a New Year’s Resolution together. Hunger is a problem, but there is something we all can do about it!


Thank you for taking the time to tell your family about hunger over the holidays. Your conversation could make all the difference for a family next door who is celebrating the holidays too.


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