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Teaching the Food System

A Project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future



Hunger and Food Security

Lesson Summary

After sharing their perspectives on how to define and measure hunger, students will explore the history, causes and consequences of hunger and food insecurity in the United States. Through discussions, activities and final projects, students will compare the strengths and limitations of emergency food programs, federal food and nutrition assistance, and the community food security movement.


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