Erase Neighborhood Hunger

Erase Neighborhood Hunger lesson plan

Why are so many people hungry? Ample supplies of food are available to feed everyone. What are your solutions to erase hunger in your community--or around the world?

  • 1.

    <STRONG>Explore the issues.</STRONG> Farmers grow enough grain to provide every person on Earth with 3,500 calories of food each day. Why then are children and adults hungry, even in your community? Research why so many people are hungry, malnourished, or starving. How does hunger affect their lives? What can you, your classmates, or your families do to help erase hunger? Brainstorm your ideas.

  • 2.

    <STRONG>Seek solutions.</STRONG> In a drawing made with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils on white paper, show one or more ways we can work together to erase hunger. You could show a family volunteering at a local soup kitchen or stocking shelves at a food bank. You might draw volunteers delivering baskets of food to low-income families.

  • 3.

    <STRONG>Highlight your message.</STRONG> Use the eraser to remove some color from your drawing. Add highlights. Erase lines for texture in foods, package labels, and baskets. Erase words from large blocks of color. Fill in erased areas with another color for dramatic effects.

  • 4.

    Display your ideas where others will see them. Encourage people in your community to get involved!


  • Students research the varied causes of hunger and the effects malnutrition can have on people’s bodies and minds.
  • Students brainstorm concrete steps they can take to help erase hunger and malnutrition.
  • Students draw one or more ways that they can work with others to help solve the problem of hunger.


  • Research whether genetically modified foods will help to end world hunger or provoke an environmental disaster.
  • Invite a community leader to discuss ways volunteers can help feed the hungry in your area.
  • Find out about humanitarian interventions that are working toward famine relief around the world.
  • Younger children and those with special needs may find it helpful to have objects nearby (such as cans of food or grocery bags) as they draw.
  • Assessment: Look for practical solutions, details, and clear presentation of the message in student work.