how to Engage Youth in conversations about Food Justice?
Note to Educators:
- Please keep in mind that this is a youth generated document
- As an educator there are few greater rewards than witnessing your students becoming empowered to direct their own education and stand up for what they have learned
60 Min Lesson Plan
- Youth will be able to define food justice:
What is Food Justice?
According to Just Food (http://www.justfood.org/food-justice): Food Justice is communities exercising their right to grow, sell and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers and animals. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system, self-reliant communities and a healthy environment.
- Youth will be able to give voice to what they demand from their food system: with regard to Environment, Workers Rights, Personal Health, Accessibility in their communities, and School Food.
- Youth will review the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights and how it relates to the right to food, the food justice movement and the creation of the Youth Food Bill of Rights
- Youth will help create the Youth Food Bill of Rights by inputting their demands in the website.
- Chart paper or Board
- Colored markers
- Skit props
- Printed and cut copies of food facts: Document Below
- Printed and cut copies food price tags: www.foodroots.org/blcsheets.jsp
Opening (10mins) :
(If you have more than 10 youth....you can use go to www.foodroots.org/blcsheets.jsp and find more food facts)
- Show the short video on "Youth food Bill of Rights" Website
- Cut and pass out above fact sheet into slips of paper with only one Fruit or Vegetable/Fruit Introduction per piece.
- Have youth mingle - without using words or showing the paper find their partner Vegetable/Fruit.
- Have Youth share their "Introductions" with each other
- Have youth Present out to the group who their partner is
- Have the scribe record on the board some of the differences between local and conventional food systems
Introduction to New Material(10mins):
Graffiti Exercise: Use same Groups created during the Opening
- Give each pair a different color marker or chalk.
- Place on the board or a piece of chart paper: What is food? On another sheet, What is Justice?
- Give students 3 minutes to record their ideas
- Share out the answers and ask the question: What is food justice?
- Create a group definition of food justice.
Small group Instruction(25mins):
- Break into groups of four
- Pass out and have students read their food pricetags from: www.foodroots.org/blcsheets.jsp
- Ask students to create a skit that communicates the food route and one way it affects, the environment, workers, personal health, or accessibility
- Present skits
- Pick one student from the group to summarize what the skit was communicating
Wrap Up (15mins) :
Food as Change
An educational workshop that examines five social movements around the world that brought meaningful change, including the Black Panthers' Free Breakfast Program and the Salt Marches lead by Gandhi. workshop participants will learn the roots of these social problems and how people worked together to achieve real reform. We will discuss the significance of these movements and create our own posters and chants that represent our own interests in spreading food justice throughout our communities.