Hunger - York Middle School: SSC 2015

Subject: Hunger, Homelessness, Poverty
Themes: Food & Health Homeless Rights Young Activists 21st Century
Age groups: Elementary School Middle School
Resource type: Video

Samantha Smith Challenge

York Middle School

Team Puma, Group 2

Grade 7

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The Issue: Hunger in York, Maine

The Question: Although York is known as a wealthier town, there are still many hungry people. How can we help the people who rely on the local food pantries and other organizations?

The Solution: Our solution is to hold a can and donation drive around York. In addition, we will post flyers to create awareness of the problem. Finally, we will volunteer in one of the local soup kitchens to further feed the hungry.

Community Partners and Stakeholders Consulted:

  • Table of Plenty, a community kitchen serving free weekly meals in the towns of York, Berwick, and Kittery, Maine.
  • End 68 Hours of Hunger, York, Maine group
  • York Food Pantry
  • Local businesses to sponsor donation boxes

Resources that Influenced Your Thinking:

  • Statistics from local agencies
  • Statistics from
  • Research on a variety of topics dealing with hunger issues

Plan of Action:

After researching the topic, the students were able to get local businesses to participate in their can and food drive. The students also were able to contact the Table of Plenty and are working together to find a time when the students can volunteer their time.

Ongoing support needed:

Students still need to place their donation boxes around town, and volunteer at the Table of Plenty.


Kate Nowell Tommy Coughlin

Jade Bellevance Bella Tidd

Connor Moore Cat Wright

Nina Howe Biz Desmarais

Aislinn Lewis Brianna Baker

Catey de la Pena Eli Hultstrom

Zoe Lafleur-Kief Jonathan Higgins

Adam Diment

Teacher: Mr. Scott Dorr, Science Teacher, Puma Team

Names of people who made the video: The whole group!

Thoughts about this Experience:

"Citizens can help their community at any age. I'm only 12 years old and I am helping hungry people in York." -Bella Tidd

"I think the people need to become more aware about hunger not just in York, but worldwide. This project helped me feel committed and more aware, after I found out how many people die from hunger." -Kate Nowell

"I learned that a few citizens helping can make a difference." – Jonathan Higgins