Food for All

Care for Those in Need

Activity Objective

To teach the children the importance of recognizing the needs of others

Lesson Outcome

The children will identify ways in which Saint Vincent de Paul cared for those in need.


  • Crackers


  • Invite the children to form groups of three or four.
  • Explain that you will be giving a snack to each group.
  • Pass out the snack unevenly, giving one group a large stack of crackers, two to three groups, modest stacks of crackers, and one to three groups, just one cracker.
  • Ask the groups how they feel about the distribution of the snacks.
  • Ask them what would be fair and how they would distribute the snacks. Talk about how the group with the large stack may not mind that the distribution is unfair.
  • Collect the snacks and, using a different type of snack or new crackers, pass another snack out evenly.
  • Explain to the class how much better the groups are served by the fair distribution of snacks, and draw parallels with the rest of the world.
  • Talk about ways in which our world suffers because of the uneven distribution of material goods.
  • Discuss ways we can help those in need.


Learning Styles

Body Smart, People Smart

Approximate Time

10 minutes


Make sure the snack is something the children ordinarily wouldn't care about so that no one gets too upset.


Make sure there are no food allergies.