RICE and pasta are quick and filling staples found in the average Aussie pantry but not everyone in Melbourne has access to food all of the time.
The Foodbank Australia 2016 Hunger Report and Foodbank Victoria statistics showed one in 10 Victorians don’t know where their next meal is coming from and one in seven children go to school hungry.
To combat* the problem, Victorian charity FareShare’s Feed Melbourne Appeal is teaming up with schools in May to raise funds and collect food donations for Australians struggling to put food on the table.
The Schools Rice and Pasta Drive asks teachers, parents and students to head to the shops, buy some rice or pasta, collect it at school and encourage others to do the same.
The Fare Share team then picks up the generously donated goods and either uses them in their kitchen that feeds the needy* or gives the goods to hungry families.
This year the drive is aiming to get 50 schools on board and collect a whopping 10 tonnes of rice and pasta.
One of the many schools involved in the drive last year was Hampton Park Secondary College and the push was led by year 12 students, after a volunteer stint at FareShare.
Food technology teacher Hannah Blackmore said her students were moved by what they saw and wanted to help.
“The students felt really good about being involved and there was a sense of pride in helping others,” Ms Blackmore said.
“This school isn’t very advantaged so it was great to see even the less advantaged students getting involved.”
Feed Melbourne Appeal campaign director Sarah Harvie said rice and pasta were always in demand.
“Charities that provide food relief always need rice and pasta to add to meals or include in food hampers,” Ms Harvie said.
“All rice and pasta donated will be shared with families struggling to put food on the table.”
For more information head to the Feed Melbourne website: http://www.feedmelbourne.org.au/
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Activity 1. Rice and Pasta Drive
Read the article and discuss with a partner the following points.
Who is FareShare?
What work do they do?
How can schools support them?
Together, write a letter to your school principal (or fundraising co-ordinator) informing them of the charity — ‘FareShare’ and outline the important work that they do.
In your letter, request permission for your school to become involved in this year’s Rice and Pasta drive.
Make sure you explain why you would like to be involved and how you can help inform the school community of the drive.
Extension: What can you make?
Make a list of dishes that can be made using rice or pasta as a main ingredient.
For example; Spaghetti Bolognese, Fried Rice etc.
Choose one of your favourite dishes made with rice or pasta and find a recipe to make it. These could be made into a class recipe book.
Time: allow about 40 minutes to complete this task
Curriculum links: English, Personal and Social Capability
Activity 2. Work it out!
The aim of this drive is to collect 10 tonnes of rice and pasta.
Write the equations you would need to use to answer the following questions. Calculators may be helpful for this activity.
1. If this amount was collected in 1kg bags — How many bags of rice or pasta would be needed to make 10 tonnes?
2. If 50 schools ‘get on board’ with this drive and all contribute an equal amount, how many kilograms will each school need to contribute?
3. If 75 schools were involved, how many kilograms of rice and pasta would be needed per school?
4. If your school was one of 50 schools involved,
a) how much rice or pasta would each student in your school need to bring to reach your schools contribution?
b) how much would each member of your class need to bring if it was just your class involved in the drive from your school?
Find out the approximate population of Victoria.
Using the ratios mentioned in the article, how many Victorians don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Time: allow 25 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Mathematics
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)
Find the nouns!
See if we can identify all the nouns in the article. Highlight them in yellow, they are linked to Vinny Vocabulary.
Categorise them into person, place or thing.
See if you can now use a synonym to up-level the noun.
Pick three nouns and add adjectives.
Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Big Write and VCOP
Activity provided by Andrell Education www.andrelleducation.com.au