Date of Award

Spring 4-18-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Aimee Arandia Ostensen

Second Advisor

Mollie Welsh Kruger

Abstract

The Meal Gap: A Food Activist Curriculum is a series of fifty-four lessons for fourth grade students that introduces them to the topic of food insecurity. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations initiated the World Food Summit in 1996 to discuss and call attention to the “widespread undernutrition and growing concern about the capacity of agriculture to meet future food needs” (Food and Agriculture Organization, n.d.). The June 2006 Policy Brief of the FAO reaffirmed the 1996 definition of food security, which states that “Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life” (p. 1). The FAO further elaborated that food security depends on four main components: utilization, availability, access, and stability (p. 1). These components form the main units of this curriculum because they encompass more than the issue of financial access to food, but consider the complex and interconnected reasons why food insecurity exists in “food rich” societies such as the United States.

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