In this lesson, instead of focusing on the topic of food itself, pupils learn about the problem of hunger in the world and the need to work together to eradicate it.

World Food Day is celebrated on October 16th. According to the United Nations, “World Food Day marks a day to take action against hunger with the sole aim of eradicating it in this lifetime.” Their aim is to reach zero hunger. More information can be found at the link below:

Students start the lesson by reading a text about World Food Day that contains some statistics about hunger. They answer a series of questions related to the text, designed to make them think critically about issues related to hunger. They share their ideas about what they can do to raise awareness in their community. Finally, they collaborate to write letters to world leaders, explaining how they feel and why this issue is important.

For more lesson ideas related to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals download the publication: 'Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom'.


  • To develop skills of reading, writing and critical thinking
  • To teach pupils about the importance of raising awareness about hunger in the world
  • To encourage empathy in pupils
  • To promote global awareness of hunger

Age group:

Young learners aged 10 years and above. This lesson would also work with teenage and adult students. 


CEF level A2 and above 


50 - 60 minutes


The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded in PDF format below.


Katherine Bilsborough

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