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Children’s Feature: Helping Hands

Here’s a children’s feature to help children remember those who produce and provide our food.

Helping Hands: Leader’s Notes

1. Explain to the children that today you are giving thanks for food.

2. Say “Using the fingers on one of your hands, name five foods that you are particularly thankful for.”

3. Say “Using the fingers on your other hand, name five people (or groups of people) who help grow the food we eat or get it to your table.” A few that they may name are:
• Farmers (who plant the seeds, who harvest the fields, who care for the animals)
• Butchers
• Processors (people who process the food)
• Transporters (people who transported the food)
• Grocery store clerks
• Bakers
• Caregivers who planted, canned or prepared the food

4. Say “Put your two hands together (or in the air, or join with others—however you wish to demonstrate prayer) and tell the children that as you pray the following prayer you will particularly recall those five foods and five people.”

Prayer suggestion: Dear God, thank you for the food we receive, and for the abundance of food on our tables. Thank you for all of the people, known and unknown, who have had a hand in growing food and getting it to our table. We ask you to bless those, in our country and in other countries, who do not have enough to eat. May you help us share with others so they do not go without.

For a longer version of this activity, suitable in an educational setting, visit this page.

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