Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

Activity for Children:
A Person Who Has No Food Has Only One Problem

8.10.12 children activity

(Photo by Flickr user cnishiyama)

by Robin Stephenson

Hunger is a frequent companion for too many children. Around the world, 178 million children under the age of 5 are stunted because of inadequate nutrition during their first 1,000 days of life. Closer to home, one in five U.S. children face hunger every day because they live in households struggling to put food on the table.

These sobering facts can be changed with enough political will, but the first step is education.

How do you teach young children in church or at home about hungry children?  Bread’s Hunger No More Web page offers several effective resources. Here’s one activity that helps children learn by doing:  


“Let Others Know” Posters


  • Poster board or large paper
  • Markers (not permanent)
  • Magazines with lots of photos and illustrations for cutting
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks


  1. Print the following saying on a chalkboard, whiteboard, or newsprint:

    A person who has food has many problems.
    A person who has no food has only one problem. (Chinese proverb)

  2. Ask the children to read the proverb together and to think about it for a moment without talking.  
  3. Invite their ideas about what this proverb means. If you need a question to prompt the conversation, ask: “What kind of problems might people who have enough to eat still have?”  After they have named some possible problems, ask: “What problem would a person with no food have?”
  4. Provide art materials for the children to make posters illustrating the plight of hungry people so that others can understand.

Bread Resources

  • Find out more about Bread’s Hunger No More teaching materials (for children and adults).
  • children’s activities around hunger issues.
  • See Bread’s list of other resources.


Robin Stephenson is Western regional organizer for Bread for the World.


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