I Can Serve My Community

Activity Objective

To encourage the children to serve others

Lesson Outcome

The children will be aware of the needs of others and how they can help people in need.


  • Letter to families
  • Laundry basket


Week One

  • Discuss with the group that there are families who do not have enough food every day.
  • Brainstorm with the children about what kinds of food would be good to share with a hungry family.
  • Ask the children to work at home to earn food for a hungry family.
  • Show the children your laundry basket and talk about filling it with food for a hungry family or for your local food pantry.
  • Send a letter home with the children describing the project; ask the families to have the children do chores to earn the food.

Week Two

  • Set the laundry basket out in reach of the children.
  • As the children to enter the classroom, tell them to place their food in the laundry basket.
  • Invite your catechetical leader or a representative from the food pantry in your area to visit and accept the basket from the group.

Learning Styles

People Smart

Approximate Time

10-15 minutes


Have a shopping bag for any overflow from the basket.

Gauge the size of laundry basket on the number of children who are in the session.

Make sure the foods are non-perishable.

In the letter home, try to mention specific items the food pantry needs.