How to Talk to Kids About Hunger

September 16, 2021 / 5 mins read

This year, 13 million children may face hunger —that’s 1 in 6 kids. Chances are, someone your child goes to school with may not have enough to eat. The problem is vast but often hidden.

We all have a role to play in fighting hunger, whether old or young. Children can make a positive difference in the lives of other kids in need. It’s important to talk to children about hunger, and inspire them to take action to fight hunger.

We have resources designed to help you talk to the kids in your life about hunger and encourage them to help. Only when we all work together—young and old—can we focus on ending hunger, and make sure every child has the food they need to grow healthy and strong.

The Family Action Plan contains fun activities that will help you talk to your child about hunger and ways to take action in your community. Download your free Hungry to Help Family Action Plan.

Some easy ways to fight hunger as a family:

Read and reflect on hunger

Tell your child a story about someone who experiences hunger then discuss what that person might be feeling. You can use the story within the Family Action Plan, watch one of our videos, or read a book together. One new illustrated children's book is Lulu and the Hunger Monster about Lulu and her family's struggle to fight an invisible hunger monster after an unexpected financial hardship.

Start a donation jar

Collect donations for your local food bank or pantry. Involve your child in the process by having them decorate the jar and choose where it should be placed in your home. Find your local Food Bank.

Host a lemonade stand or birthday party

Raise funds by hosting an event where proceeds go to Feeding America or your local food bank. Set up a personal fundraiser.

Plant a family garden

Extend your existing family garden and donate the excess produce to your local food bank or plant a new one.

Volunteer as a family

Volunteering as a family is a great way to spend time together while also giving back. The Feeding America network of food banks serves virtually every community across the country. Connect with your food bank for local ways to get involved.

If your family is involved in a community group—such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or 4H—see if the group can volunteer together.

Support our cause to feed the hungry