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Hunger 101 is our gateway programming for people to learn more about hunger in our communities. This one-hour, experiential activity walks participants through what hunger is, who is hungry in the Southern Tier, what causes hunger, and what we can do about hunger.

Hunger 101 and Visiting the Food Bank

The Food Bank is proud to offer half-day service-learning opportunities at our warehouse and office in Elmira. These experiential sessions include a tour of our warehouse and facility, a Hunger 101 workshop, and a shift volunteering in our production room. We find that these service-learning sessions are very impactful and educational for youth. Families are also encouraged to participate.

Hunger 101 for Middle and High School Students

Our Hunger 101 workshop for students grades 7 and up is called "The Reality of Hunger in the Southern Tier." This workshop begins with a discussion of the terms hunger and poverty, and then moves into a simulation where students role-play members of a food-insecure community. Participants are then challenged to secure enough food for their families utilizing community resources.

How can I schedule a Hunger 101 workshop?

If you are interested in having your student group participate in a Hunger 101 workshop, please contact the Advocacy & Education Department to discuss opportunities. 

What Students Are Saying

"The experience was very informative and made me realize that you can't tell what people are going through just by looking at them from the outside.  Before this workshop, I never understood how difficult it can be to feed a family." - Nursing Assistance student

"It really made me realize how stressful some people can be feeling everyday, and it'd be so hard." - High School student

"It's hard and frustrating to be in a position like this." - High School student

"It [Hunger 101] modeled life because people do really struggle to survive, and it's real, not a game." - High School student

For more information contact:
Lyndsey Lyman, Community Education Coordinator
at 607.796.6061 x4031 or email

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)

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