Saturday at the Food Pantry

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Molly and her mother survive on leftovers, ingenuity, and love. Molly exhibits physical signs of hunger as their food supply dwindles. Despite inopportune circumstances, Molly tries to make the best of an uncomfortable situation by coloring pictures while in line for the food bank. She sees her classmate Caitlin, who admittedly feels embarrassed to be seen here. Several strangers ask Molly to color pictures to lift their spirits. Molly asks Caitlin for help, and they are able to spread happiness to the customers and food bank workers. Caitlin learns that accepting assistance is easier when you are able to support and help others.

This story is essential for teaching kids about food insecurity and hunger in their community. The author includes an epilogue that presents starvation statistics and words of encouragement regarding food deprivation. Food is a basic need and an inalienable right; admitting that you need assistance can be challenging, but living without food can be detrimental to one’s health. While reading this story, I was consumed by empathy and inspired to help impoverished individuals. I believe children who cannot personally relate to this story will feel a similar inclination to help individuals who are experiencing starvation.

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Author Diane O'Neill
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Publish Date 29-Aug-2021
ISBN 9780807572368 Buy this Book
Issue December 2021
Category Children's