2012 – 2013 The Hunger Season
The Hunger Coalition
What are the appropriate grade levels:
K to 12
Is there a limit to the number of participants:
Is there an opportunity for community service:
Yes – 0 to 3 hours
Is this a new or existing project:
This is a new project.
Estimated project cost:
“The Hunger Season” project focuses on the issue of hunger in our community and the ability of students to provide immediate hunger relief to local families and individuals. Across Blaine County, the level of need for food assistance is at its highest during the mid winter months. Ironically, the level of food and cash donations decreases during that same time frame. Student participation in “The Hunger Season” project will provide vital cash donations for the purchase of food at a time when our Food Bank Warehouse shelves are the emptiest, fresh produce is at its most expensive, and many families are facing hunger due to higher winter heating bills and minimal employment.
Student education and community awareness about the issue of hunger are central to “The Hunger Season” project. Understanding the level of need and how The Hunger Coalition works to provide food and support services to those in need across the community can be presented in simple terms or open the door for philosophical discussion or research on hunger nationally and beyond. Depending on the level of commitment, age group and classroom curricula, “The Hunger Season” offers a great deal of flexibility for students of all grades and abilities.
Student generosity at the 0 level will be directly applied to the purchase of food. Once the funds are in our hands, we have the ability to greatly leverage and expand it. The current retail cost of one pound of food is .65. Through discounts with local grocers and our partnership with the Idaho Foodbank, our cost averages 56 cents per pound.
Students are also encouraged to reach out to the community for matching funds to further leverage their gift and can prepare compelling donation informational materials with the oversight of our Program Director, Naomi Spence, to help secure that additional funding. She will be responsible for student motivation and support, provide statistical and anecdotal information about hunger in our community, and share the results of the students’ efforts in terms of food purchased and families fed during “The Hunger Season”. Students can incorporate community awareness and fundraising into community service projects as well as enlist the support and partnerships of fellow social profit organizations.
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Classrooms who have adopted this project