When we first met as a new Families for a New Tomorrow (FNT) group in the fall of last year, our families together decided that we want to collect food for those in need. It was really powerful when as families, we spoke about hunger.
To the younger children, we talked about what it meant to feel hungry. They all related to how it felt when they were picked up after school and said ” I’m starving!”
Some of the children wanted to ask all of those who did not have food to come over to their house to eat.
The elder children (7-8 year olds) spoke of actually collecting food.
The children then decorated grocery bags , took them to their classrooms and spoke to their peers about donating food / asking for donations. They seemed really proud to do it, and the teachers supported them as well.
After 2 weeks of food collections- we met again. This time we took out all of the food collected…and the children tried to imaging all of the delicious meals that folks could enjoy …putting the different types of food together. We tried to make sure the food was given in the spirit of love and caring.
Those who could go – went with a few parents and donated the food to the second harvest food bank!
We as an FNT group have done it twice and plan to make it a semi-annual event.