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Soup and solidarity: reflection questions and activities

Michele Frankeni  |  09 May 2018

Read the article Soup and solidarity in the Australian Catholics Autumn 2018 edition and answer the following questions. Share your answers in pairs or groups.

 Questions

  1. As well as food, what other important service do Vinnies volunteers provide when they’re on the soup vans?
  2. How many meals did the Fitzroy Van provide in 2016?
  3. What is Shaun Bourke’s philosophy regarding social justice?
  4. What is Michael Catania’s advice to those considering becoming involved in a social justice cause?
  5. Hunger is very real in many Australian schools and communities with a survey by Foodbank finding that around 22% of children have experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months. Are there any practical ways you can help those in your school or community who may be suffering from food insecurity?

 Activities

Vinnies is holding its annual CEO sleepout in June. Make posters advertising the event for distribution around the school or on community noticeboards. Are there any other ways you can support this event?

Are there any ‘pay it forward’ cafes in your area where you can buy an extra coffee or lunch that is then available for someone else?

 For younger students

Teachers read or summarise the article Soup and solidarity. Talk with students about the Matthew 25 verse where Jesus tells his followers that when they take care of the hungry, homeless and sick, or welcome the stranger, they are welcoming him, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me’. What does that mean for them in their day-to-day lives?

Is there a social justice group at the school? Or a  Mini Vinnies program, which is designed for primary school kids?

Perhaps you could have a can drive, or raise funds by having your own mini class sleepout? Are there things you could do in your own school such as asking students to bring an extra piece of fruit that goes in a communal spot to be shared.

Image: Stella Chrysovergi and the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria

 

Topic tags: socialjustice-australia, sustainableliving, healthycommunitylife

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