3- Healthy Food in Hard Times


The learner will

  • Summarize food assistance programs
  • Explain how to receive food assistance


  • 14.3.4 Evaluate policies and practices that impact food security, sustainability, food integrity, and nutrition and wellness of individuals and families.


  • Access to presentation and ability to project to whiteboard or smart board
  • Internet access for each student
  • Plain paper for each student
  • Lined paper and pencil for each student


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  • Ask students what food assistance programs they are familiar with.
  • Students may bring up food pantries or community meals. Explain that many programs are available to anyone who seeks support. How is that different from a federal program?
  • If teaching in a public school, point out access to the school lunch program. Explain why you as a teacher pay more for the same lunch as your high school students, because their lunches are subsidized.
  • Introduce the topic to students that they will become more aware of food assistance programs available to them.


  1. Divide students into five groups (or more, depending on class size) and assign each group a program as shown on the “Food Assistance Programs” page.
  2. Show “Create a Flier For Your Program” slide. Ask students to imagine they are creating a flyer to hang on a community bulletin board to help people in need become aware of these programs.
  3. Give students about 30 minutes to explore the USDA websites and summarize their information on their flyers. Although they are working in groups to find and summarize information, each student needs to make their own flier.
  4. Reorganize groups into five new groups so there is one representative from each program in each group.
  5. Project the “Food Assistance Programs” graphic organizer slide.
  6. Direct students to share their fliers with the other people in their group. Students should take notes about the various programs on their graphic organizer.


Notes and fliers can be collected as evidence of comprehension of the various food assistance programs available.