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Food in a
Hungry World
T his a c tiv ity demo nstr ates, in a simple
way, the relationship between distribution of people and
food in the global’ setting.
time required: 20 minutes
INT E ND E D F O R G R A D E S 9 - 1 2
Mat er ial s
N eed ed

» newsprint and markers

» world map
» bread, one large uncut loaf

Activity Steps
1 O n t h e w o r l d ma p, point out the five most populated continents: Africa, Asia, Europe,
North America, and South America. Explain that most of the people live where they were born
and did not choose their birthplace, just as the participants did not have that choice.

2 D iv ide t he gr o u p into smaller groups, each representing one of the following continents, by
size according to the percentages listed next to each continent:

» Africa, 12%
» Asia, 58%
» Europe, 16%
» North America, 6%
» South America, 8%

3 H o l d up the loaf of uncut bread and explain that it represents all the food that will be eaten
today in the world. Then, divide the loaf according to the percentages listed by each of the five
continents and give the pieces to one person in each group.

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D e s ign at e o ne per so n to serve as the leader of each small group. Instruct each small-
group leader to feed the group’s members. They might give the same portion to everyone, or be
more realistic and give larger pieces to the ones who are considered rich and no bread to some
others—the poor, for example. Continents without much bread may try to get bread from others.
Encourage discussion within and between continents. Tell them not to eat the bread until after the


ASK a l l pa rt ic ipa nts to hold up their pieces of bread. Point out that the actions and
feelings they experienced during the simulation are also happening every day on the continents.

6 C o n c l ude b y inv iting the participants to join you in prayer. Pray for hungry people everywhere.
Pray especially, for hungry children. Pray for those who have gone without food today. Pray for parents who
struggle to provide food for their children. Pray for a world where no one goes hungry ever again.

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wvresources@worldvision.org. All rights reserved.

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About World Vision
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children and their families break free from poverty. Our work is motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ. We
see a world where each child experiences “fullness of life” as described in John 10:10. And we know this can
be achieved only by addressing the problems of poverty and injustice in a holistic way. That’s how World
Vision is unique: We bring nearly 60 years of experience in three key areas needed to help children and
families thrive: emergency relief, long-term development, and advocacy. And we bring all of our skills across
many areas of expertise to each community we work in, enabling us to care for children’s physical, social,
emotional, and spiritual well-being.

W o rld V i s i o n R es o u r c e s educates Christians about global poverty, inspires them to social justice,
and equips them with innovative resources to make a difference in the world.

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