This lesson for World Food Day looks at the issue of world hunger.

Katherine Bilsborough

World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October. 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 here:

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

Learners start 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 learners about the importance of raising awareness about hunger in the world
  • To encourage empathy in learners
  • To promote global awareness of hunger

Age group

Older primary or secondary


CEFR level A2+


40–50 minutes


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

Lesson plan364.56 KB
Worksheet605.62 KB
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