Connect and Engage :: Food Stamps and Seafood
Great Resources for Teaching
from the April 2009 YES! Education Connection Newsletter
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Here’s an array of colorful, practical, and compelling materials that you can use not only in your classroom but also in your professional and everyday life.
Food Stamp Challenge
Imagine having only three dollars a day to spend on food. The Food Stamp Challenge asks you not to wonder but to try living on the average food stamp allotment for one week.
Originally taken by members of Congress, the challenge aims to raise awareness about the difficulties of staying healthy on a meager budget and about the importance of the Farm Bill, which funds the Food Stamps program.
Whether you would like to take the challenge or find out more, both the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) offer excellent resources. In addition to past participants’ blogs, the Hunger Task Force provides a daily log to track your eating and spending while taking the Food Stamp Challenge. FRAC provides a toolkit for taking the challenge and catalogues media coverage of challenge activities.
SEE WEBSITE :: Seafood Watch
Maybe you avoid fish laced with mercury, or perhaps you try to eat only local shellfish. But do you really know which seafood is best for you and the environment?
Seafood Watch, a program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, provides general and regional seafood guides. The guides not only give you basic information on a variety of seafood, such as market names and where and how fish are caught, but they also offer ratings of best choice, good choice, and avoid. Seafood Watch has terrific resources on fish farming and responsible fishing, as well as tools to help you spread the word about sustainable and healthy seafood.
Seafood Pocket Guides (a selection of pocket guides is also available in Spanish):
Want to share this information with your students and others? Seafood Watch offers a comprehensive toolkit of reference materials about making seafood choices that are good for you and good for the ocean. The kit includes handouts, fact cards, and downloadable videos.
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