Doing Good Together August 2010 Newsletter

Doing Good Together August 2010 Newsletter: Schools Serve

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Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism... August 2010
in this issue
  • Stamp out Hunger
  • Understanding How Hunger Hurts
  • Inspiration
  • News From DGT

  • If you're hungry for a family project, think about a food drive at your child's school. You'll get lots of support from Schools Serve, an initiative that encourages schools to organize food drives to address childhood hunger. It's a message every schoolchild can understand. Hearing about the causes and consequences of hunger and malnutrition will encourage your kids to be thoughtful about why they're contributing, be more engaged in the effort, and inspire them to think of other ways they can make a difference in the fight against hunger. It can't miss!



    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    Stamp out Hunger
    Schools Serve

    Make a Difference...

    Whether your family spearheads a school food drive or simply takes part in an existing drive, make it even more meaningful by introducing an education and reflection component to the project. Go to www.schoolsserve.org to download helpful guides and resources, see ideas for implementing a successful drive, and more. Report your results online and see how, together with other schools, you're making an impact. The Schools Serve goal is to raise 5 million pounds of food during the 2010-11 school year.

    You can make this a richer experience for your children and other school families by providing a little background on hunger issues. For example:

  • Take your children when you buy food to donate to the drive. Talk about food choices and why certain items are more essential to families in need than others.
  • Provide opportunities for students to meet employees or low-income clients of your local food pantry so they can learn firsthand why their contributions matter.
  • Consider spending time with your family working at your local food pantry or serving a meal in a soup kitchen.
  • Invite students to design posters announcing the food drive, create a display to educate the school community about the impact of malnutrition, make classroom presentations about the important role of the food pantry in the community, or write letters to school families explaining why it's important to contribute.
  • Involve students in sorting the collected food and graphing the results. You could also research other ways for students and families to make a difference in the community and brainstorm ways to improve next year's drive.
  • Encourage students to lobby for legislation that supports the working poor. Sit down with your own family to write your legislators or newspaper editor about the importance of funding anti-hunger initiatives.
  • Encourage teachers to plan classroom lessons about hunger issues. You can assist by providing materials for families about the root causes of hunger and its consequences. (If you need help getting started, see News From DGT.
  • Host a "hunger banquet" prior to your food drive, to emphasize for students the reality of economic disparities.
  • Photo: schoolsserve.org

    Understanding How Hunger Hurts
    Can-Do Thanksgiving

    Talk About It...

    Here are some thought-provoking questions to help get your children (or classroom students) thinking about issues of food, hunger and malnutrition.

  • Why do you think people are hungry or malnourished? (Emphasize that the causes are complex, but that half the people who use food shelves are children.)
  • What would it feel like to go without a meal, or not eat for a day?
  • Are you appreciative of the food you eat? What are some ways you could practice your appreciation or be more mindful of the food you eat?
  • What are some ways we as a family can help feed the hungry and also fight the causes of hunger?
  • Learn About It...

    The Can-Do Thanksgiving by Marion Hess Pomeranc. (Albert Whitman & Co., 1998.)
    Dee is curious about where the peas she donated to her school food drive will end up. When a church group receives her donation, they ask Dee and her classmates to help cook Thanksgiving dinner at a local soup kitchen.

    Photo: The Can-Do Thanksgiving by Marion Hess Pomeranc.

    Inspiration

    "The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world."

    Norman Borlaug, American agronomist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate

    News From DGT

    DGT creates education and reflection materials to make volunteering and service more meaningful for children and families. We've developed custom materials for the Minnesota Children's Museum, Global Citizens Network, The Blake School, Wooddale Church, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Metro Meals on Wheels and many others. If you are interested in how we can help enrich service in your organization, contact Jenny at jenny@doinggoodtogether.org or 612.822.6502.

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