World Food Day Activity Ideas
October 16th marks World Food Day. This special day is the perfect time to help your child learn about food scarcity and hunger. How can you involve your child in food-related issues on this holiday? Check out these easy activities that will have a major impact on your child, your family and maybe even the planet!
Grow a Garden
Where does food come from? That may be a major question your child has. Obviously you buy food at the local grocery store. But how does it get there? Talk to your child about growing produce, farmers and food production. Next, take the discussion a step farther and put your words into action. Pick a favorite veggies and grow it in a backyard garden. If you live in an area of the country that is already feeling the weather effects of fall, create an indoor container garden instead.
Collect Canned Goods
Help someone who is less fortunate by contributing to a community food pantry program or food drive. Discuss what types of foods last a longer time, making them better picks for a food drive (such as canned goods). Search your home for items to donate or encourage your child to ask relatives and close family friends for canned goods.
Take an Inventory
Cutting down on your family’s food waste can help the planet as a whole. Create a food diary and have your child journal what food is in the home, how much gets eaten, how much goes bad and how much gets thrown away. Compare these quantities and ask your child to assess your home’s food usage.