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Community Education Programs

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is committed to helping members of the community understand the complexities and root causes of hunger and poverty. The main workshop offered through the Food Bank’s Community Education program is Hunger 101, an interactive, age-appropriate workshop that explores the realities of hunger and poverty in our community.

The goals of the Community Education Programs are:

  • Increase awareness of hunger in the Southern Tier.
  • Increase understanding of the causes, consequences and responses to hunger and poverty.
  • Increase awareness of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the emergency food assistance network.
Thank you for your interest in having a FBST Community Education opportunity for your group! To get your request going, please fill out this form: 
Community Education Application

Hunger 101

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 all ages, including 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, please fill out the contact form above.

Other Workshops

Food Banking 101

Where does all that food come from? How are my donations optimized? Learn the answers to these questions and more. This workshop covers how food banking works in general, and how the Food Bank of the Southern Tier specifically operates.

Advocacy 101

Learn how to educate and lobby your elected officials at all levels of government – great for individuals as well as organizations that aren’t sure of the rules around advocacy as a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Racial Wealth Gap Simulation

Explores the history of policies through the present day that have created the racial wealth gap that plagues our communities still today.

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

Girl Scout Patch Project

“Take A Bite Out of Hunger” Girl Scout Patch Project

Girl Scouts of NY/PENN Pathways and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier have partnered to develop a special “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” patch project for Girl Scout Daisies through Girl Scout Ambassadors. The Hunger patch project will help girls learn about hunger as a community issue. They will be encouraged to take action on issues that engage, educate and empower them to fight the root causes of hunger in their community. They will also be encouraged to experience volunteering as an important contribution that they can make throughout their lives.

Girls may work in one of three focus areas: Hunger, Nutrition, or Gardening. It is strongly recommended that troops focus on only one area at a time (for example, do all their Nutrition activities, then do all their Hunger activities, etc.). Listed below are some of the Girl Scout Outcomes (benefits to girls) associated with this patch project:

  • Discover Outcome #2: Girls develop positive values. Girls form their beliefs and values based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, learn to consider ethical aspects of situations, and are committed to social justice and community service and action.
  • Discover Outcome #3: Girls gain practical life skills – and practice healthy living. Girls gain skills that prepare them for a positive, healthy, and independent future.
  • Connect Outcome #2: Girls promote cooperation and team-building. Girls recognize the value of working together and learn to make decisions that affect the whole group.
  • Take Action Outcome #1: Girls can identify community needs
  • Take Action Outcome #2: Girls are resourceful problem solvers
  • Take Action Outcome #3: Girls advocate (speak out) for themselves and others
  • Take Action Outcome #4: Girls educate and inspire others to act
  • Take Action Outcome #5: Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world

For more information contact:
Lyndsey Lyman, Advocacy & Education Manager
607.796.6061 x4031 

If you are in need of assistance, find a nearby food pantry or meal program near you