Assessing Human Needs at Lincoln Park Community Services

Unit I of SDGs & You is entitled Access, and it asks students to investigate the first, second, and fourth Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, No Hunger, and Quality Education (respectively). As a part of their investigation, students prepared and delivered meals to Lincoln Park Community Service. Students were responsible for planning bagged 45 people while staying within budget. Students were tasked with taking Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs into account as they determine what foods will go into each meal. This experience contributed primary research data to their first Action Project, which asks students to argue that a human need should be regarded as a human right.

In preparation, students mapped some areas around the world most impacted by the challenges referred to in SDGs 1, 2, and 4. Their meal service at Lincoln Park Community Service showed the students how, even in an area of Chicago well-known for its relative wealth and privilege, challenges regarding poverty and hunger still exist

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