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Field trip idea: Food shelter

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, food is likely to be a commonly discussed topic in your homeschool program. This is a great time to discuss the availability of food with your daughter. While she might be able to enjoy platefuls of turkey and mashed potatoes this holiday, others may not be as fortunate. This is why food shelters are set up around the country to feed those who are hungry. After all, everyone should be able to enjoy a hot meal on Thanksgiving.

Consider taking a field trip with your daughter to your local food shelter to show her how the process works and provide her with the opportunity to give back. You and your daughter can load and unload bags of food, transport food to charities, etc. These shelters are always looking for people to help out, especially during the holiday season. Here are just a few of the benefits that can come from taking a field trip to a food shelter with your daughter:

Learn to not waste food
When your daughter sees first-hand how little food people have, it can be an eye-opening experience as to why it's so important not to waste food.

Provides an intrinsic reward
The feeling your child gets from volunteering is such a positive one. It's important for her to discover what it's like to help fellow community members in need. This volunteering opportunity can provide a sense of accomplishment and self worth.

Spurs involvement
Visiting a food bank may encourage you and your daughter to get even further involved with the cause. You both can organize your own food drive collecting much-needed non-perishable items during the holiday season, such as dried fruit, canned fruits and vegetables, brown rice, boxed macaroni and cheese, canned beans, tuna, etc.

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