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This new program aims to give students from pre-k through high school a firm understanding of hunger and poverty, providing them with a foundation upon which to take action against hunger and to understand the underlying drivers of poverty in their community.

There are four curriculum guides available for download:
Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade, 3rd grade-5th grade, 6th grade-8th grade and 9th grade-12th grade. Lessons are experiential, age-appropriate and progressive, with suggestions for service or community projects in every lesson.

How Do I Download Hunger Scholars Curricula?

The complete four age-appropriate curriculum guides can be downloaded below.

We are excited to have these lesson guides available for use by people across the Southern Tier and beyond. However, it is essential that we track how many youth are involved in Hunger Scholars Programming and how the curriculum guide is being used. This tracking, along with your feedback, will help us improve the guide, be more strategic in our outreach efforts and seek funding opportunities that will enable us to continue this work. In each lesson guide, you will find a programming and documentation form. Please fill this out and return it to the Community Engagement Coordinator once you have completed your programming. Food Bank of the Southern Tier staff will be in touch with you if you complete the online form in order to download these lesson guides.

How Do I Schedule Hunger Scholars Programming?

Are you working with a highly-motivated group of youth who want to take part in the fight against hunger? Do you want to take your service learning and leadership development programming to the next level?  If so, please contact the Community Engagement Coordinator to talk about setting up an intensive Hunger Scholars series.

Alternatively, community members are invited to download the curriculum or become trained as a Food Bank of the Southern Tier "Community Educator." These Educators are a key part of our strategy to expand the reach of our programming. Go to the Community Educator site to learn more.

Click here to download the Hunger Scholars Curricula

What lessons are part of the Hunger Scholars curriculum guides?

Pre-K–2nd Grade:

1) The Importance of Sharing

2) The Importance of Healthy Food

3) Where Does our Food Come From?

4) Growing Hope Against Hunger

Elementary School:

1) Hunger 101

2) How Many People are Hungry in our Community?

3) Who is Hungry in our Community?

4) The Effects of Hunger

5) Buying Healthy Food on a Budget

6) Food System 101

7) What are the Solutions to Hunger?

Middle School:

1) Hunger 101

2) Who is Hungry in our Community?

3) Why is Hunger Growing in our Community?

4) How Many People are Hungry in our Community?

5) Buying Healthy Food on a Budget

6) Hunger and Housing

7) The Hunger and Housing Debate

8) Food System 101

9) What are the Solutions to Hunger?

High School:

1) Hunger 101

2) Why is Hunger Growing in our Community?

3) Who is Hungry in our Community?

4) Why Does Poverty Exist?

5) Hunger and the Great Recession

6) Hunger and Housing

7) Buying Food on a Budget

8) Community Food Security 101

9) What are the Solutions to Hunger?

10) How Do We Respond to Hunger in our Community?

Elective Lesson A: Global Hunger Connections

Elective Lesson B: How Many People are Hungry in our Community?
Elective Lesson C: Food System 101
Elective Lesson D: Hunger and Housing Debate

How Was the Hunger Scholars Program Developed?

The Hunger Scholars curriculum was developed in summer 2012 by Hunger Education Coordinator Megan Mills-Novoa and four Cornell University undergraduate and graduate students. The lessons were then vetted by a Curriculum Committee that was composed of twenty-five volunteers from across the six-county service area.  Committee members include food service directors, community center organizers, nutritionists, college professors, public school teachers, youth group organizers, parents, Food Bank staff, member agency representatives, and faith-based group leaders. This committee met four times in the summer and fall to review overall program structure, the curriculum, and the 2012-2013 outreach plan.

The Hunger Scholars Project was then piloted in fall 2012 with a diversity of youth groups from across the Southern Tier.  It was offered at as an elective in two Ithaca area schools, integrated into the service-learning program at the Alternative School of Math and Science, and incorporated into the Youth Engagement Services after-school program in Newark Valley, which serves low income youth. The Hunger Scholars curricula were revised and facilitated through partnerships with Dr. Matt Moyer, Dr. Alicia Swords and Dr. Amy Frith whose students did tremendous work in fine tuning this curriculum.

For more information contact:
Randi Lynn Quackenbush, Advocacy and Education Manager
at 607.796.6061 x4039 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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