Food Swap Meet

Food insecurity affects more than one family — it affects a community. Spread awareness of local poverty and hunger with a local Food Swap Meet in your neighborhood, in which people swap healthy, homegrown foods instead of using money.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Work with a local farmer's market to see if they can participate in the swap meet
  • Connect the lesson with a classroom or school gardening project 
  • Create an interdisciplinary project between health and social studies when learning about world hunger
  • Have learners research the poverty rates in their own county
  • Organize a school event in which classes or grade levels swap items from their individual gardens with each other
Classroom Considerations

  • Event is designed for rural communities, but would work anywhere with the participation of local farmers and/or gardeners
  • Provide background for the cause; host an information night to teach participants about the prevalence of hunger
Pros

  • Gets students involved in a service learning project by organizing it themselves
  • Provides a materials list, along with potential costs
Cons

  • None