Talking to Kids About: Homelessness & Hunger

You can use these talking points to discuss homelessness, poverty, and hunger. Use your parental discretion when determining which topics are appropriate for your child. For additional support when you sign up for A Magic Penny event, we will provide you with talking points about the specific organization we are partnering with.

Homelessness and Poverty

  • Some people do not have homes to live in…
  • It is unsafe and unhealthy to not have a place to sleep or stay warm/cool…
  • Some people have a place to sleep but cannot afford to buy food, soap, and other items they need…
  • “Poverty” and “Poor” mean not having enough money to buy things you need…
  • Sometimes a family with children is “homeless” or “poor”…
  • When a group of people are “hungry” or “food insecure” it means they can’t afford enough food to stay healthy. This is different from when you feel “hungry” for lunch…

Homeless Shelters and Help Centers

  • “Shelter” is a place that protects you from weather and danger…
  • There are shelters and centers that help people who don’t have homes…
  • Some people move into a homeless shelter until they have money and are ready for their own home…
  • Some people have a place to sleep but need help centers to supply them with food and other basic necessities…

Basic Necessities

  • We need to sleep and take care of our bodies in order to stay healthy…
  • We need pillows, towels, and toiletries to take care of ourselves…
  • “Toiletries” are items you need to keep your body clean and healthy, like toothpaste and soap…
  • “Necessities,” like pillows, towels, and toiletries cost money…
  • People who are homeless or poor cannot afford to buy necessities…
  • If a family can’t afford these basic needs, they cannot stay healthy…
  • Unhealthy families have a hard time finding a job or working to make money they need…
  • People who have homes and are healthy can help by donating food and other necessities for those in need…

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