Simulations and Skits

Community Food Security 101
Groups of 10 or more

High school age and over

1 ½ to 2 hours

This is an interactive educational tool that involves participants taking the roles of different players in our food system. Through this “tour” of the food system by a narrator and a script, participants explore a wide range of social, economic, and environmental issues in our current system. In the second part, the group engages in a discussion of possible changes for making the food system more equitable. After completing Community Food Security 101, participants will have a more clear and concrete idea of how the issues of food, money, and power interact with each other and with people. This tool is most engaging when facilitated by someone who is familiar with it.

Hunger Banquet
Large Group

High school age and over

1 ½ to 2 hours during a meal time

This banquet, originally from Oxfam America, is a dramatization of the inequality that perpetuates poverty in the world. Banquet guests are assigned roles as they enter the banquet; these roles represent different income levels around the world. The food each person receives for the dinner depends on the role they are playing, so some have more than they can eat, others do not have enough to eat or any food at all. A Hunger Banquet is an interactive opportunity for people to see and feel first hand the effects of poverty.

From Welcome to Welfare
Large group

High school age and over

2 hours

Everyone is divided into small groups to play particular (hypothetical) low-income families that struggle to survive through a month’s worth of life’s ups and downs.

Food Game
Group of at least 12

High school age

50 – 60 minutes

The goal of the Food Game, (from Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Hunger 101 curriculum), is to increase students’ awareness of hunger issues and the difficulties some individuals encounter in obtaining adequate amounts of food. Students begin by completing a budget worksheet in order to understand how it is possible that even working people can lack the necessary resources to buy food. Then they use their own experiences and gain information to obtain food.

One Dollar Dinner
Large groups that can meet close to a variety of restaurants

High school age and over

1 – 1 ½ hours

This simulation, created by Tucson’s Southwest Center for Economic Integrity, has participants playing the roles of low-income people who are in need of cash. Participants “cash” their “paychecks” at the “bank” or “pay day loan center” and then go out for a meal in groups at nearby restaurants.