Erase It! Hunger

Erase It! Hunger lesson plan

How can people work together to reduce hunger in your community? Identify local services and lend a hand to help erase hunger.

  • 1.

    Many children miss breakfast and do not have enough to eat at dinner. Lunches at school or soup kitchens may be their best meal of the day. Sometimes people cannot get out to shop for food. Have students find out what resources are available in their community to help families get enough to eat, such as soup kitchens, food pantries, meal delivery services, and other programs.

  • 2.

    Ask students what they can do. Interview workers at local programs to find out what they need to serve more people. It might be donations of canned foods, volunteers to prepare or serve meals, or drivers to take food to shut-ins. Some may need to get the word out in their community.

  • 3.

    Students show their solutions! With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils on white paper, make a drawing that will convince others to get involved to help erase hunger. Use the erasers to add texture to foods and decorate cans, for example. Fill some erased areas with more color so the drawing really pops! Spread the word!


  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Students invite an officer from their school's PTA/PTO to meet with them and discuss organizing a food drive. Create posters to advertise the food drive and compose a saying that will attract attention to their food drive. Hang posters in the school and local community to encourage participation in the food drive.
  • In small groups, students investigate he nutrition of common, nutritious foods. Create a list of these foods and post it in the school.