Education Opportunities

Workshops

Our team offers free interactive group workshops for 3rd grade through adult audiences. Workshops educate the community about the work of the Food Bank and the issues that surround hunger and food insecurity. These experiences can be tailored to the age, knowledge level and number of participants, and can be held at the Food Bank, on an online platform, or offsite within the metro-area.  A workshop can be facilitated with groups of 15-50 people and will both educate and help participants identify ways to take action. Past participants include corporate teams, teachers, college students, health professionals, public and private school students, volunteers and more. Schedule a workshop or get more info by contacting us.

Email: education@acfb.org | Call: 404.892.3333 x2009

Workshop FAQs

What is a workshop?

Our workshops explore local, state and national hunger and food insecurity issues. In all workshops, you will learn about the work of the Food Bank and the issues that surround hunger and food insecurity. Workshop offerings vary depending on group sizes, ages and time allotted.

How do I schedule a workshop?

Email or call us using the links above.

How far in advance do I need to schedule?

At least 2 weeks’ notice is recommended, and more if you are trying to schedule a weekend workshop. Some months are busier than others for the Education Team, so the more advance notice you can give us the better!

How long does a workshop and tour take?

A typical workshop (if including a tour) takes 1.5- 2.5 hours depending on the workshop and the group size. We will discuss timing when scheduling your group.

What types of groups participate in the Food Bank’s educational programming?

Onsite and offsite workshop experiences are geared for 3rd grade through adult groups. Groups that regularly participate in our programming include corporate teams, teachers, health professionals, students from public and private schools and the faith community, college and university students, volunteers, civic groups and more!

How many people do I need for my workshop?

For online workshops we request a minimum of 10. If we are traveling to you, we require a minimum of 20 participants due to staff availability and resources. We can work with smaller groups requesting tours and can discuss group size when scheduling. To conduct the interactive role-play activity the Community Food Experience, we need a minimum of 23 participants.

Do you offer distance learning through online workshops?

Yes, we offer multiple workshop and lunch and learn opportunities via RingCentral or Zoom and can join most other platforms.

What are the age requirements?

We offer downloadable educational resources for young children (K-2nd grade) and workshop experiences for groups – 3rd grade through adult.

How much does a workshop cost?

Workshops are free; we do ask that each participant or group agree to a minimum of one hunger-fighting action step to help support our work in the community. We are always available with suggestions!

I live outside the metro Atlanta area, can I schedule a workshop in my community?

We encourage groups to come to the Food Bank so they can experience the scale and scope of our work. We can also travel to your school, organization or business if you are located within the metro Atlanta area. We offer remote/distance learning opportunities via RingCentral and Zoom and can join most other online platforms. 

 

 

You can download our Hunger 101 Curriculum and Activities or our Community Food Experience and facilitate them in your community. Facilitator Guides are included with these materials. Feel free to contact us with additional questions: education@acfb.org

What if I just want my group to tour the Food Bank?

We would be happy to tour your group around our facility on a weekday during our regular business hours. A tour with Q/A takes approximately 45 minutes. Email or call to schedule.

Do you speak to large groups, such as an entire grade level?

Yes, we are available to speak to large groups on hunger and poverty issues. The size and age of the group will inform the topic and format. Email or call to schedule.

When can I schedule a workshop?

You can contact us to schedule a workshop year-round. We schedule workshops Monday – Friday, and two weekends per month.

Are there educational materials I can use and share with my group?

Absolutely! Our downloadable resource materials are available to everyone and have activities, discussion questions and instructions for all age groups that you are welcome to use to facilitate your own workshop. Link to Educational Resources. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Community Food Experience

This powerful interactive simulation allows participants to gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of hunger and explores the impact food insecurity has on individuals and communities. The simulation can be facilitated with groups of 25-50 people ranging in age from middle school to adult. Contact us to learn more and to schedule or download a PDF version of the simulation to facilitate on your own.

Email: education@acfb.org | Call: 404.892.3333 x2009

Youth Programs

We offer multiple opportunities for students to get involved during the summer. Rising 8th through 12th graders interested in learning more about the Food Bank and how to become a change agent in their community can apply to our youth programs. Students get to see firsthand how we support the community and have hands-on opportunities to serve.

If you have any questions, please email youth.programs@acfb.org or call 404-892-3333 x2009.

Hunger 101 Curriculum

The Hunger 101 Curriculum for K-12 Instructors was created specifically for teachers in Georgia Public Schools and aligns with GPS and Common Core standards for easier classroom integration. All of our educational materials, including the curriculum which can be downloaded here, Hunger 101 Curriculum, can be used by most audiences and age groups and navigate beautifully from boardroom to classroom.

  • Activity 1 – Food and Life examines the many ways food plays a role and has meaning within culture, history, families and communities.
  • Activity 2- Defining Hunger, Food Security and Poverty:
    Students will develop an understanding of what the Atlanta Community Food Bank and other hunger fighting organizations mean when referring to hunger, food security and poverty in our community. Participants will examine how these words can be interpreted in different ways and how they relate to one another.
  • Activity 3- Who is Food Insecure? : Students will develop an understanding of who is affected by food insecurity and will explore prevailing myths and misconceptions of food insecurity in the United States.
  • Activity 4- Family Budgets explores the relationship between a household’s income and its level of food security, as well as the community and government responses to hunger and poverty. Students will learn about the daily challenges millions of people face in this country.
  • Activity 5- Responses to Hunger and Poverty in the U.S. allows students to identify and expand their understanding of both community and government responses to hunger. They will also learn how they can respond through action and advocacy to fight hunger in their community.
  • Activity 6- How Access Defines What We Eat illuminates how barriers to access to nutritious food impacts both individual and community health.
  • Activity 7- Building Miniature Houses is an exploration into unequal distribution of resources and how individuals can be more aware and work together to better serve the community.
  • Activity 8- Hunger Myth Masher Quiz: quickly assess how much you know and understand about hunger in our community. Great to take prior to diving into the Hunger 101 Curriculum and then again after you have participated in all of the curriculum activities.
Hunger 101 Girl Scout Patch Project

Over twenty years ago, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc. and the Atlanta Community Food Bank partnered to develop the Hunger 101 Patch Project for Girl Scout Daisies through Girl Scout Ambassadors. Through the Hunger 101 Patch Project, Girl Scouts are encouraged to learn and take actions that engage, educate and empower them to fight hunger in their community. They will also be encouraged to volunteer and experience volunteering as an important contribution that they can make throughout their lives. Scouts will complete a Hunger 101 workshop and have the opportunity to choose activities in three focus areas: Hunger, Nutrition and Gardening.

Hunger 101 Patch Project Guidelines
Hunger 101 Patch Project Tracking Sheet for Juniors & Cadettes
Hunger 101 Patch Project Tracking Sheet for Daisies & Brownies
Hunger 101 Patch Project Tracking Sheet for Seniors & Ambassadors

Stop the Hunger Monster Toolkit

Based off our public awareness campaign, “Stop The Hunger Monster,” we are creating fun and informative learning tools for Kindergarten through Second Grade. Hunger Monster Coloring Sheets can be downloaded here, and additional activity sheets and class food drive materials will be available soon.

Nutrition & Wellness

Hunger’s Impact on Health

Whether it’s lack of access to healthy food or lack of funds, those who are food insecure often have to eat inexpensive, less nutritious food. This can lead to chronic dietrelated diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. They ofter have to make difficult tradeoffs as well, like paying rent over medication or a doctor visit, so their health takes a hit. Our Nutrition and Wellness program tackles these challenges head on by educating and empowering people to make healthier choices and dietary changes.

Nutrition in Action

Our Nutrition and Wellness team actively teaches the importance of healthy eating in a variety of ways. Using a mobile display with clients at a mobile food pantry, using hands-on tools to engage partner agencies at the Food Bank or with clients at other food distribution sites. The Food Bank also has an onsite Learning Kitchen where partner agencies and community partners learn healthy cooking skills to share with their clients.

Nutrition Services

We work with partner agencies to develop learning opportunities tailored to the unique health and nutrition needs of their specific clients. We focus on those needs for nutrition education and recipe development to help individuals learn how to manage their health with food on a low budget. We also host classes in our Learning Kitchen or at partner agencies to demonstrate how to prepare healthy, delicious and affordable meals. Participants taste the food, learn why healthy food is important and leave with a recipe.

If you are a Food Bank partner agency and would like our team to come to your site or to bring your clients to the Learning Kitchen, submit a request here.

Intern & Volunteer Opportunities

We help educate and inspire future public health and nutrition professionals through partnerships with local universities and hospitals. Dietetic Interns assist with nutrition education, community-based needs assessment and program development and evaluation. Interns are accepted through ACEND-accredited dietetic internships only. For more on our intern and volunteer opportunities, email us.
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