Hungry to Help

Teacher and Parent Resources to Help Fight Hunger

Millions of kids lose access to free or reduced-price meals during the summer. Take action and inspire empathy in the classroom and at home.

Help make summer the season to end hunger.

Ways to Approach the Topic of Hunger With Children

1. Make it relevant.

Share information about what is happening in your city. Encourage
children to practice empathy and put themselves in someone else's shoes.

2. Share your own stories.

Have you had a meaningful volunteer experience, or experienced hunger?
Sharing these experiences will offer a personal connection to this issue.

3. Provide an explanation.

Explain that people suffer from hunger for different reasons. If you have
questions about hunger, visit for more information.

4. Talk about emotions.

Explain that it's OK to feel sad or frustrated about problems they see in the
world, including hunger. Discuss the ways they can help support solutions.

5. Engage their imaginations.

Ask children to describe their perfect world. What creative ways can they
come up with to solve problems like hunger?

6. Show them how they can make a difference.

Give children the opportunity to participate in an activity to fight hunger,
such as a food drive.

7. Continue the conversation.

Explain that ending hunger will not happen overnight. Encourage children to
practice empathy for others and to keep learning about hunger issues.


Hungry to Help Resources

Download these resources to engage children in grades K–2 to practice empathy and help fight hunger. Resources are available for the classroom and family.

Teacher Materials

Includes 2 pages of teacher instructions and classroom activity to practice empathy and inspire action.


Parent Materials

Includes a Family Action Plan to
practice empathy, inspire action,
and help fight hunger.


No One Can Thrive on an Empty Stomach

Impacts of Hunger Hunger harms a person’s
physical, emotional, and
social well-being. But it is
even more devastating for
children, as hunger can
hinder their ability to
reach their full potential.

The Summer Meal Gap Through the National School
Lunch Program, free or
reduced-price meals are
served to 22 million children.
But when schools close in
the summer, only 4 million
children receive meals
through the USDA Summer
Food Service Program.

Taking Action By informing students
about hunger issues in
their communities, you can
encourage empathy and
inspire them to help other
kids over the summer.
Download the Hungry to
resources to inspire
children to take action.

How Feeding America Provides Meals

  • Donations are made: Feeding America secures donations from
    national and local retailers, food service locations, food companies, and
    government agencies.
  • Food is moved: The Feeding America network of food banks moves donated food and grocery products to where they are needed most.
  • Food is distributed and stored: Member food banks ensure the safe
    storage and reliable distribution of donated goods to local feeding programs.
  • Food reaches people in need: Food banks provide food and grocery
    items to people in need at food pantries, soup kitchens, youth programs, senior centers, and emergency shelters.

Family & Community Activities

Choose from a variety of activities that inspire and empower your family and community to help fight hunger this summer.

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