The#MidwestHungerIs Project…

will be providing weekly writing prompts, featuring organizations, and providing hunger facts in order to inspire you to question, ponder, and write. These weekly posts will be available on our webpage, our Facebook page, and Twitter feed. The writing submissions from community members that are produced from live writing events and online submission will be collected and assembled into an anthology. Several of these writings will be used as texts for choral music compositions to be performed in the community and recorded. The proceeds from the sale of the recordings and anthology will be invested back into future community composing. Be sure to keep an eye out for details about revision workshop in  May!
Online submissions can be made at or you can submit through our website.
 Here are a collection of writing prompts to help inspire you!

What aspects of your community could be more culturally inclusive? In what ways can this be achieved?

If you could change one thing about your grocery store/food markets, what would it be?  Would you change anything about the way you get food?

Who do you share your meals with on a regular basis?  Where is your favorite place and time to share a meal?

When was the last time you attended a cultural or art event or concert?  What type of event was it?  What type of feelings did it evoke?

If you could create a business that would serve your community and fulfill you in the process, what would that business look like?  Who would you assist?  What aspects of business are important to you?

As art and music programs are cut from our schools and communities, we must wonder about what creative outlets our communities are starving for. If you could be proficient in any one instrument what would it be and why? What would you do if you had immense talent in creating music with this instrument?

Have you ever hungered for something other than food?  A situation? A feeling? More art and culture? What did that hunger feel like and how did you satisfy it?

When we look to the stars in the sky, we often dream of possibilities. These possibilities are often connected to a hunger for something. What are some of these possibilities for you? When you look to the stars, what do you think about and hunger for?

What is your favorite meal? Have you thought about how it gets to your plate? What do
you think that process looks like?

What are you hungry for in your life, besides food?

What obstacles prevent you from “getting your fill?”

How can you help “feed” others?

What nourishes you, besides food?

Why do families come together to eat, daily and at holidays?

What’s your favorite food memory?

Describe your favorite food using all of your senses except taste. What does it
look like, feel like, smell like, sound like?

Do you have any cooking traditions in your family or with your friends? What does
the tradition mean to you? What food(s) is involved?

Think about how the seasons affect the food that is grown and consumed. What
is your favorite season? Why?

The Greater Lansing Food bank is a member of Feeding America, a nationwide
food bank network. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity,
Feeding America network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans
each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. What role can you
play in this network?