Addressing Hunger with Haven House

Student(s): Ellen Crilley, Sophia Salani, Samantha Kirby, Nicole Gloden, Helen Fountain, Kathryn Redig, Maureen Donahue
Date: April 9, 2013           Grade Level: Grade Two
Instructor: Carla Stone           Email:
Teaching Assistant: Bella Tirtowalujo           Email:

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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Our project is to teach the students about the nutrition and malnutrition. We will include aspects of famines throughout history and how they have affected the world. We will also include percentages of people in the world and the surrounding community that are homeless. The class would then find somewhere to serve in the community. We will go as a class and help cook dinner for the homeless and hungry. The students would then take pictures and record how it makes them feel and the difference they see they are making.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

The community need that we will be addressing is hunger in the community. Hunger is more common than most students may think and we want them to understand that there are members of their own community who may struggle with hunger. Hunger is a universal need that cuts across all categories and can impact many aspects of an individual’s life.

What service will you provide to address the need?

The service that we will provide to address hunger is working at a soup kitchen through Haven House in Lansing. By working here we will be providing meals to those who struggle with hunger and being able to better understand who is hungry.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

This project is related to our curriculum in all kinds of ways. Activities involving food and hunger can be implemented into many different subjects, including health, math, social studies, geography, science and economics.

What are the educational goals?

The educational goals of the project are to have students be able to recognize who is hungry and how hunger affects health. They will learn about nutrition and the importance of eating healthy, and how those living in poverty can not only struggle with hunger, but also with getting proper nutrition.


Curriculum Connections

Strand: Health, Grade Two, Strand 1: Standard 1: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5

TLW: 1.1: Explain the importance of eating a variety of foods from all the food groups, 1.2: Classify foods into the food groups, 1.3: Describe the characteristics of combination foods, 1.5: Provide examples of combination foods

HEALTH – Students will learn how nutrition and healthful eating affects the body. We will go over MyPlate as a class and talk about which foods are healthy and can provide them with the correct nutrients for growing bodies and minds. They can plan a meal that they will serve at the soup kitchen they will go to at the end of the unit. Their meal should cover all the food groups and correspond with the MyPlate standards.

 MATH – Grade Two, N.ME.02.01, N.ME.02.02, M.UN.02.07, M.PS.02.08, G.SR.02.05

TLW: N.ME.02.01: Count to 1000 by 1’s, 10’s and 100’s starting from any number in the sequence; N.ME.02.02: Read and write numbers to 1000 in numerals and words, and relate them to the quantities they represent; M.UN.02.07: Read and write amounts of money using decimal notations, e.g., $1.15; M.U PS.02.08 Add and subtract money in mixed units, e.g., $2.50 + 60 cents and $5.75 – $3, but not $2.50 + $3.10; G.SR.02.05: Classify familiar plane and solid objects, e.g., square, rectangle, rhombus, cube, pyramid, prism, cone, cylinder, and sphere, by common attributes such as shape, size, color, roundness, or number of corners and explain which attributes are being used for classification.

Math – Students can calculate how much it will cost to purchase their meal and prepare it for a family of four. This will allow them to demonstrate math concepts (adding and multiplying) and to understand how poverty can affect hunger. They will also be given the price to purchase an unhealthy meal for a family of four, and compare this to how much the healthy meal would cost.

Students can also collect canned/boxed food to donate to the soup kitchen. They can count the cans/boxes and separate them into groups based on geometric shape.

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project

HEALTH – This activity will also incorporate creative arts as students can create their own MyPlate with using art supplies to take home and share with their families. They will be able to create this creatively, using whatever materials and representation they would like in order to communicate what they would do to create a healthy meal (Standard 5, ART.VA.V.2.4: Demonstrate connections between the visual arts and other curriculum through student artwork).


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

I would have them take pictures and record how they felt after serving in the community. They would also have a final project that would have them make a public service announcement. The public service announcement would include the percentages of hunger in the community that we found. They would also have to include the reflections that they wrote down. The main focus of the public service announcement would be to teach the community about healthy living and the nutrition that we have learned throughout the process.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

The main idea of diversity that we would want to get across is that people from everywhere can be hungry, regardless of age, race, sex, religion, etc. We will definitely be exploring the different ages of hungry people. They can be really little or they can be old. Being hungry affects all people and doesn’t just affect one type of person.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

The students will be creating a public service announcement which allows them to share what they know with the rest of the area. They will also be taking pictures and documenting the time we spend at the homeless shelter.

For the planning process, the students would be split up into groups and given a certain topic to research. The topics would include hunger throughout history, percentages of hungry people in the area, percentages of hungry people in the world, and nutrition/healthy diet.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

We will partner with Meijer because we can get food from them through donations and sponsorships. We are partnering with Haven House. They are the foundation we are serving.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

This will help eliminate stereotypes because they will see that everyone and anyone can be hungry. They will also get a deeper understanding of hunger and the affects it can have on a community.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The partner will benefit because they are getting our services. We are helping maintain the service that they provide to the hungry and homeless. Without the help of volunteers, places like Haven House would not be able to exist.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

Since we are learning about nutrition and diets throughout the process, we will have the student’s track what their families are eating. They will then figure out if the diet they are eating is healthy and if they are getting enough calories, carbs, protein, vitamins, etc. They will also see what they are wasting and how that food could help a person in need.

How will you assess your service goals?

The public service announcement will help assess the service goal. It will show what they have learned while serving and how they have learned. The diversity will show through and they will know that everyone and anyone can be hungry.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

We will have them do a lot of research to familiarize them with hunger. We will then teach the history of famine and hunger throughout the world. This will cultivate into a lesson about healthy living and nutrition. From there, the students will have enough background information to start serving in the community.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

The students would do their public service announcement. Throughout they would be tracking what their families are eating and if they are eating healthy. They also would be keeping a journal and reflecting after each time that we went to Haven House.



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

Environmental Stewardship – We are teaching the students to waste less of their food because some people don’t always get food. This is good for the environment because waste hurts the environment.

People- Haven House’s mission is to help people get back on their feet and find independent housing. It is a temporary housing for people. Without Haven House, people would have no way to get on their feet and ho help. Haven House helps people and trains them to stand on their own two feet.