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Rebecca's Family Visits the Food Bank



Rebecca's Family Visits the Food Bank
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.87

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    might, bills, budget, canned, cans, counts, dental, everyone, forklift, insecure, jewelry, medical, someday, volunteer, enough, think
     content words:    United States Department


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     French: La Famille de Rébecca rend visite à la Banque Alimentaire *
     Spanish: La familia de Rebecca visita el banco alimentario
     Italian: La famiglia di Rebecca fa visita al banco alimentare.
     German: Rebeccas Familie besucht den Tafelladen


Rebecca's Family Visits the Food Bank
By Colleen Messina
  

1     You might think that everyone in America has enough to eat. After all, it is called the land of opportunity. However, many families go hungry.
 
2     Rebecca knew what it was like to be hungry. Her father had an accident. He could not work. They did not have enough money to pay bills. Rebecca's mother had a job. But the family still struggled. And they also struggled to have enough to eat.
 
3     Rebecca's mother tried many things. She didn't eat very much so that her children had enough food. She even did her own dental work. Ouch! She sadly sold some old family jewelry. These heirlooms were special to her. But she wanted to buy food for her children. One day a friend told them about the local food bank. Rebecca's family got groceries there. It helped them a lot.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Assemble a sample of five items that would be a good selection to pick during a shopping expedition at the food bank. Try to have one kind of fruit, one kind of vegetable, one grain, one protein, and one beverage.

2.  Write a list of three kinds of people who might need the help of the food bank. Include the reasons that they need help for a while. If you like, draw a picture of each person getting food from the food bank.



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